At UNITI expo in Stuttgart, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG will be presenting hydrogen – the emission-free fuel – for the first time, and with it the service station technology for deliveries, storage, refuelling, and payment. This is a field that is becoming increasingly important for service station owners and tenants, as is illustrated not only by the current debate raging in Germany over the introduction of blue environmental stickers that would allow only diesel vehicles fitted with modern emission-reduction technology into restricted environmental areas.

Clean, practicable, effective – hydrogen is coming
Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles produce neither climate-damaging CO2 nor nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are known to damage the environment and be harmful to human health nor particulate matter.

It is easy to refuel the vehicle. Hydrogen-powered vehicles can be refuelled at a pump just like a conventional vehicle. At a pressure of 700 bar, it takes about three minutes to fill the tank. Hydrogen stations can be delivered as turn-key units and integrated into conventional filling stations. Today they mostly consist of standardised components for storage, compression and refuelling. They can be flexibly adapted to the layout of the service station to save space.

“Hydrogen technology has made impressive progress in recent years. Both the individual technical components and the complete stations are suited to everyday use and can be integrated in the operations of the service station,” says Nikolas Iwan, Managing Director of H2 MOBILITY. “Germany is a trailblazer in the field of hydrogen infrastructure, but other countries too, including the UK, France, Scandinavian states and the USA, are stepping up their engagement.”

Mission Hydrogen Infrastructure
By 2023 up to 400 hydrogen refuelling stations are to be installed in Germany, providing nationwide coverage. The infrastructure is to be developed in several stages. Irrespective of the number of fuel cell vehicles registered, H2 MOBILITY will be setting up and operating up to 100 hydrogen refuelling stations in the major urban centres of Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, the Rhine-Ruhr area and Stuttgart. Stations will also be established along the main routes connecting these centres. H2 MOBILITY will be responsible for all aspects of planning and operation, including the design of the service station network and the establishment and operation of up to 400 hydrogen stations including the payment system and knowledge management.

At UNITI expo, hydrogen dispensers and fuel cell cars will be on show. We are a young company, and are still developing and growing. At UNITI expo we hope to meet potential applicants, university graduates and other interested professionals who would like to pursue their careers with an attractive and innovative employer.

H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for establishing a nationwide hydrogen refuelling infrastructure serving fuel cell vehicles across Germany. By 2023, up to 400 hydrogen refuelling stations are to be in place, providing the world’s densest network.

The shareholders in H2 MOBILITY are Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, OMV, Shell and TOTAL. So that progress dovetails as closely as possible with the automobile industry BMW, Honda, Intelligent Energy, Toyota and Volkswagen are on board as associated partners. NOW, the German National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, advises us on political matters.

H2 MOBILITY receives funding from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) within the framework of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme, as well as from the European Commission through the second phase of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) as part of the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) Project, and the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T CEF) as part of the Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (COHRS) Project.

About UNITI expo
UNITI expo considers itself the leading trade fair for the retail petroleum and carwash sector in Europe. The three-day trade fair and information event takes place every two years at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre, Germany. UNITI expo 2016 will take place 14-16 June. The high demand coming from exhibitors has seen the exhibition space of UNITI expo grow by almost 40% – from the 25,000 sqm in 2014 to 35,000 sqm this year. Around 400 exhibitors from 30 countries will participate in this year’s event. UNITI expo is organised by UNITI-Kraftstoff GmbH in cooperation with management consultancy WDM and communications agency com-a-tec.