The hydrogen refuelling station from H2 MOBILITY Deutschland at the Shell station in Tempelhofer Weg 102 in Berlin was opened today, attended by Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing. From now on, fuel cell trucks, waste collection vehicles as well as cars and light commercial vehicles can be refuelled with hydrogen (H2) here.

With over 850 kilos of hydrogen, the Tempelhofer Weg hydrogen refuelling station is one of the most powerful stations in Europe and critical for the continued ramp-up of hydrogen mobility in the capital: nowhere else can we see the growth of H2 vehicles as rapidly as in Berlin.

Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport stated: “Hydrogen and fuel cell technology constitute an important building block of climate-friendly mobility. The federal ministry is therefore fostering the establishment of a basic network of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations. We are taking the lead and creating the necessary conditions for climate-neutral road transport. To engineer the scenario where people and companies increasingly rely on alternative drive systems, we need a robust and widely available infrastructure. We are working with industry together in order to make this objective a reality.”

In future, not only BSR waste collection vehicles will refuel at the Tempelhofer Weg station, but also the ‘H2 move Berlin’ fleet, which is on track to grow to over 200 Toyota Mirai vehicles in service by the summer of 2023. Furthermore, in the spring of 2023, the first hydrogen trucks will be delivered to customers in Berlin, including for the Hyland rental service.

Wolfgang Wüllhorst, Head of Fleet Management for BSR: “Bringing applications such as those in waste disposal onto the streets for daily use in a stable way through modified, climate-protecting, modern mobility requires huge effort on all levels and a lot of expertise. I am delighted that now in Berlin, the first real high-performance H2 refuelling station is operational. It helps us transform and provides a necessary infrastructural improvement in capacity for our operational processes.”

Thomas Mohnke, Senior Executive Partner SafeDriver Group, Fleet Operator of “H2 moves Berlin” added: “Hydrogen is an ideal fuel both for cars and vans in continuous use. Refuelling takes just a few minutes, ranges are suitable for everyday use and multi-shift operation is available at any time. Public transport operators in particular, depend on reliable operating conditions around the clock.”

After completing the standard optimization operation, the hydrogen refuelling station is now available for refuelling at 350 bar (H2 buses and trucks) and at 700 bar (H2 cars, light commercial vehicles and waste collection vehicles).

The Tempelhofer Weg hydrogen station is conveniently located near the A100 city highway and the A113 near the BSR depot in the south of Berlin. It is the fifth hydrogen station in the capital. The leading hydrogen refuelling station operator in Europe, H2MOBILITY, is responsible for the construction and operation of the refuelling station. Filling station technology at the new H2 refuelling station comes from industrial gases and technology company, Air Liquide.

Construction of the hydrogen refuelling station was funded under the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) in the amount of 1.3 million euros by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Technology. The funding guideline is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).

Photo: Member of Parliament Berlin Sebastian Czaja; Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director NOW; Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director H2 MOBILITY Deutschland; Federal Minister of Transport Dr. Volker Wissing. (© Max Jackwerth)