Joint venture builds 70 hydrogen stations in Germany
RWE and the Westfalen Group plan to build a green hydrogen network to fuel-cell electric vehicles in Germany. The network should be op and running within the next seven years. Both companies aim to develop a joint venture network of up to 70 hydrogen stations with a focus on heavy commercial vehicles.
The first public hydrogen fuel station under the joint venture will be installed in front of RWE’s Emsland gas-fired power station.
Hydrogen fuel is completely CO2-free. Water is the only emission produced by hydrogen, which is converted into electricity in a vehicle fuel cell. But to make hydrogen fuel you need a lot of electricity.
“RWE will supply the green hydrogen from its electrolyser infrastructure in Lingen, and the Westfalen Group will take care of setting up and operating the fuel station infrastructure”, says Sopna Sury, who is COO Hydrogen RWE Generation. “Working together in this way will be our contribution towards getting hydrogen-powered transportation swiftly onto the roads”
The partnership will initially have a regional focus on North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony. The expansion will be coordinated with logistics firms in the respective regions.
The Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport is funding the construction of the hydrogen station in Lingen with over €6 million as part of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme.