Drivers of fuel-cell vehicles (FCEV) can refuel at an ever-increasing number of filling stations: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and its shareholders OMV and Air Liquide have now commissioned a hydrogen (H2) station in Irschenberg.

The network of H2 filling stations is growing. As of today, there are 90 hydrogen filling stations in Germany. The expansion will be continued according to demand. The expansion will focus on regions including the Rhine/Ruhr and Rhine/Main metropolitan areas, as well as Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and the important connecting arteries.

There are already 18 H2 filling stations in Bavaria. The new facility at the OMV filling station, at Wendling 14 in Irschenberg, is conveniently situated on the federal road 472, in the immediate vicinity of the A8. It thus closes an important gap between Munich and Salzburg / Innsbruck.

Hydrogen is used to power fuel-cell electric vehicles. Their advantages: no noise, no pollutants, but the same utility, speed, and range as cars with petrol or diesel engines. Hydrogen vehicles have ranges of 500 to 700 kilometres and refuel in just three to five minutes. The filling-station technology comes from the gas and technology company Air Liquide. The facility holds around 200 kilogrammes of hydrogen and is state of the art. Hydrogen offers a the possibility of expanding the fuel supply in the transport sector in a climate-friendly way, because climate-damaging CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced by using hydrogen, especially if it is produced with renewable energy.

The hydrogen station in Irschenberg was funded by the European Commission in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T CEF) as part of the Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (COHRS) project.