The hydrogen infrastructure in NRW is undergoing significant expansion. By the end of 2015, there will be new service stations where fuel cell vehicles will be able to refuel with compressed hydrogen (at 700 bar) in Aachen, Düsseldorf, at Cologne/Bonn Airport, the Cologne-West motorway junction, in Münster and in Wuppertal. At the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Network NRW annual meeting, Dr. Frank-Michael Baumann, Managing Director of EnergieAgentur.NRW, Patrick Schnell, Chairman of the CEP, and Dr Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director of NOW (National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology), presented a map of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia with the new stations marked on it to a delighted Climate Minister Johannes Remmel, who said: "With hydrogen as a storage medium and fuel, we can link the energy and transport sectors and make possible emissions-free mobility. I am convinced that fuel cell vehicles will make an important contribution to solving the climate and emission problems generated by traffic, while also advancing the development of renewable energies. The filling stations in NRW are a nucleus for the further expansion of the infrastructure.” For the CEP, the expansion of the hydrogen infrastructure in NRW is an important milestone in its “50 filling stations” programme in Germany.
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Picture (f.l.t.r.): Dr. Klaus Bonhoff (Managing Director of NOW), Johannes Remmel (Climate Change Minister NRW), Dr. Frank-Michael Baumann (Managing Director of EnergieAgentur.NRW) und Patrick Schnell (Chairman of CEP)
In pushing forward with its “50 filling stations” programme, the CEP relies on strong partners who use their competencies to expand the network of hydrogen filling stations. Münster-based Westfalen Gruppe has the necessary know-how to support the CEP in this area: "With our 260 Westfalen and Markant filling stations and our own hydrogen production facility, we are practically predestined to help advance the development of the hydrogen filling station network," CEO Wolfgang Fritsch Albert explained at this year's annual meeting of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Network NRW, where Westfalen Gruppe was officially presented as a new CEP member. The new partner will start by opening a major Westfalen filling station in Münster in the near future, which will be equipped with hydrogen fuel pumps for cars and buses in 2015.
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Picture (f.r.t.l.): Patrick Schnell (Chairman of CEP), Wolfgang Fritsch-Albert (CEO of Westphalia Group), Johannes Remmel (Climate Change Minister NRW), Dr. Klaus Bonhoff (Managing Director of NOW) und Dr. Frank-Michael Baumann (Managing Director of EnergieAgentur.NRW)
On the occasion of the trade fair for new mobility and energy: "WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS", the Clean Energy Partnership announced the locations for hydrogen refuelling stations in Baden-Württemberg to be built as part of the 50 refuelling station programme by the end of 2015. At the opening of the fair in Stuttgart
Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director (Chair) of NOW National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, as well as Franz Loogen, Managing Director of e-mobil BW, presented State Environmental Minister Franz Untersteller with a map of the federal state listing the refuelling station locations. Dr. Bonhoff thanked Minister Untersteller for his personal commitment in the development of the refuelling station infrastructure in Baden-Württemberg: "We need hydrogen and fuel cell technology for the energy changeover also in the transport area. Federal and state political collaboration with industry is essential so that hydrogen mobility can enter the commercial market." Franz Loogen, representing e-mobil BW Baden-Württemberg in the CEP, highlighted the excellent cooperation of all participating companies.
The new locations in Baden-Württemberg are part of the expansion programme for hydrogen refuelling stations, agreed upon in 2012 by industry representatives with the Federal Transport Ministry. Under these plans 50 refuelling stations will by the end of next year form the basis for a nationwide network and thus achieve an important requirement for the market introduction of the first car models over the coming years. At the same time the refuelling stations serve as an important test field for innovative technologies for safe and speedy hydrogen refuelling. The federal government supports the 50 refuelling station programme within the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).
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Picture (f.l.t.r.): Franz Loogen (CEO e-mobil BW), Dr. Klaus Bonhoff (Managing NOW) und Franz Untersteller (Minister of the Environment Baden-Württemberg)