With immediate effect, drivers of fuel cell cars can refuel with hydrogen in Freiburg. The partners TotalEnergies and H2 MOBILITY Germany put the filling station into operation at the TotalEnergies facility located at Gundelfinger Str. 27 in 79108 Freiburg, southern Germany, on 2 June 2022. The filling station closes a gap in the hydrogen network between Baden-Baden and Basel.
The H2 filling station will immediately be available for regular refuelling of hydrogen vehicles at 700 bar in optimisation mode. Optimisation mode is a standard procedure during commissioning, during which some remaining work is still being conducted in the background.
Hydrogen is used for refuelling electric vehicles that use fuel cells. The advantages are: no noise, no pollutants, but the same use, speed and range as cars with petrol or diesel engines. Hydrogen cars have ranges of 500 to 700 kilometres and refuel in just three to five minutes. Hydrogen therefore offers the possibility of expanding the fuel supply in the transport sector in a climate-friendly manner, since with the help of hydrogen – especially when it is entirely produced using renewable energy – climate-damaging carbon emissions can be significantly reduced.
H2 MOBILITY Deutschland is responsible for the construction and operation of the hydrogen filling station and plays a key role in promoting the expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany.
With the additional station, TotalEnergies is reaffirming its commitment to the hydrogen business. The company aims to build a European H2 ecosystem and become a leading provider of green hydrogen for industrial and transport customers. By 2030, TotalEnergies aims to directly or indirectly operate up to 150 hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
The filling station technology at the new H2 filling station is provided by technology specialist Air Liquide. It is a normal G3 system, which is used, among others, by Abfallwirtschaft und Stadtreinigung Freiburg GmbH with two FAUN vehicles to date.
For the construction of the hydrogen station in Freiburg, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland received funding support of approximately 850,000 euros from the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) by the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr).