H2 hydrogen CEP Clean Energy Partnership Fuel Cell Technology
H2 hydrogen CEP Clean Energy Partnership Fuel Cell Technology

CLEAN ENERGY PARTNERSHIP

Hydrogen mobility in Germany

Thomas Bystry, Chairman of the CEP Thomas Bystry, Chairman of the CEP

In 2002, we set out on our mission as visionaries and lateral thinkers. There were no vehicles, filling stations, or logistics. There was, however, a real challenge: is emissions-free mobility possible as part of a sustainable energy transition?

Our answer: yes, with hydrogen and the fuel cell!

Fortune favours the brave. Over time we became researchers, test pilots and trailblazers. Today our vision has become a reality: fuel-cell vehicles are on the road, the infrastructure is growing, and hydrogen production is up and running. We have shown that it works! We ARE moving with hydrogen.

    • Sep. 2018

      50. Wasserstofftankstelle Deutschlands in Potsdam eröffnet
      50. Wasserstofftankstelle Deutschlands in Potsdam eröffnet

      50. Wasserstofftankstelle Deutschlands in Potsdam eröffnet

      Mit der Inbetriebnahme der 50. öffentlichen Wasserstofftankstelle feiern die Partner H2 MOBILITY, Linde und TOTAL eine wichtige Etappe in der Entwicklung der Wasserstoffmobilität in Deutschland. Im Beisein von Vertretern des Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) der Europäischen Union, der Bundesregierung, der brandenburgischen Landesregierung und der Stadt Potsdam wurde die Station im Horstweg im Südosten Potsdams feierlich eröffnet.

      Neben einer 700-bar-Zapfsäule für Pkw ist an der Station auch eine Vorrichtung für eine optionale 350-bar-Zapfsäule für Busbetankungen vorinstalliert.

    • Aug. 2018

      Der neue Hyundai Nexo
      Der neue Hyundai Nexo

      Der neue Hyundai Nexo

      CEP-Partner Hyundai stellte auf der Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas im Januar 2018 seinen neuen Brennstoffzellen-SUV "Nexo" vor. Das Besondere an dem SUV ist die alltagstaugliche Reichweite von bis zu 800 Kilometern!

      Das erneute Bekenntnis von Hyundai zu dieser umweltfreundlichen Antriebsalternative wird die Bedeutung von mit Wasserstoff angetriebenen Fahrzeugen weiter steigern. Der neue Hyundai Nexo ist die zweite Seriengeneration eines Brennstoffzellenfahrzeugs. Seit 2013 ist der Vorgänger Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell erhältlich.

       

    • 2017

      Daimler presents the GLC F-CELL
      Daimler presents the GLC F-CELL

      Daimler presents the GLC F-CELL

      In a worldwide first, CEP partner Daimler has combined fuel-cell and battery technology into a plug-in hybrid. Besides hydrogen, this purely electric variant of the popular SUV can also 'fill up' on electricity. The intelligent interaction between the fuel cell and the battery, as well as short refuelling times, are to make the GLC F-CELL a mainstream-ready electric companion for the long haul. With 4.4 kg of hydrogen on board, the GLC F-CELL produces enough energy for a range of up to 437 km. Daimler is currently expecting to launch the production model starting in about August 2018.  

    • 2016

      Honda unveils new fuel cell vehicle
      Honda unveils new fuel cell vehicle

      Honda unveils new fuel cell vehicle

      The FCEV Concept fuel cell electric vehicle was the centrepiece of Honda’s exhibition at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. The vehicle is the successor to the FCX Clarity, which was also introduced in LA in 2007. From 2016, the zero-emissions car will be available first in the US and Japan, and then in Europe.

    • Mar. 2015

      EXPANSION OF H2 FILLING STATION NETWORK: OMV IS NEW PARTNER OF THE CEP
      EXPANSION OF H2 FILLING STATION NETWORK: OMV IS NEW PARTNER OF THE CEP

      EXPANSION OF H2 FILLING STATION NETWORK: OMV IS NEW PARTNER OF THE CEP

      The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) now has a strong new partner for infrastructure development at its side: OMV Deutschland GmbH is integrating an existing H2 filling station into the demonstration project and plans to build three more stations in southern Germany as part of the CEP - another step towards a Germany-wide H2 filling station network for the CEP.

    • Mar. 2015

      CEP PARTNER SHELL OPENS NEW HYDROGEN FILLING STATION ON SCHNACKENBURGALLEE IN HAMBURG
      CEP PARTNER SHELL OPENS NEW HYDROGEN FILLING STATION ON SCHNACKENBURGALLEE IN HAMBURG

      CEP PARTNER SHELL OPENS NEW HYDROGEN FILLING STATION ON SCHNACKENBURGALLEE IN HAMBURG

      Shell has expressed its commitment to developing the hydrogen infrastructure in Germany and worldwide by opening a new hydrogen filling station in Hamburg. For Shell, the filling gas station on Schnackenburgallee in Hamburg is its third hydrogen (H2) service station in Germany, and the first where the H2 is produced on-site. Other Shell H2 stations in Frankfurt, Wuppertal, Geisingen and Wendingen will follow soon.  

    • May. 2015

      GERMANY'S FIRST HYDROGEN FILLING STATION ON THE AUTOBAHN OPENS
      GERMANY'S FIRST HYDROGEN FILLING STATION ON THE AUTOBAHN OPENS

      GERMANY'S FIRST HYDROGEN FILLING STATION ON THE AUTOBAHN OPENS

      As part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP),Daimler, Linde and TOTAL have jointly taken an important step forward in the expansion ofGermany’s hydrogen (H2) infrastructure. In the presence of Dorothee Bär, Parliamentary StateSecretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany's first motorwayhydrogen filling station was officially inaugurated today. The new H2 filling pump at the TOTAL motorway service area in Geiselwind on the A3 between Würzburg and Nuremberg links the existingfilling facilities in the metropolitan regions of Frankfurt/Main, Stuttgart and Munich with each other,forming a hub for electric fuel cell vehicles in southern Germany.

    • Jul. 2015

      BMW and Total opens hydrogen filling station with two fueling systems in Munich
      BMW and Total opens hydrogen filling station with two fueling systems in Munich

      BMW and Total opens hydrogen filling station with two fueling systems in Munich

      As part of the CEP another H2-pump was inaugurated on 16 July 2015 the TOTAL multi-energy gas station Detmold street in Munich. In addition to today's standard refueling with gaseous hydrogen (700 bar), now is a second hydrogen pump for the innovative cryo-tank technology. Hydrogen this aggregate state is characterized a high storage density and drives the research and testing of a forward-looking hydrogen mobility ahead.

    • Sep. 2015

      Toyota launches fuel cell vehicle
      Toyota launches fuel cell vehicle

      Toyota launches fuel cell vehicle

      The Toyota Mirai is the first mass-produced fuel cell car from the Japanese car manufacturer. In December 2014 the launch of the Mirai was started in Japan, in September 2015 the Mirai should be sold also in Germany. The car will cost 78.540 Euro, the car have a range of around 500 kilometres. 

    • May. 2014

      Inauguration of the TOTAL hydrogen station at Berlin-Schönefeld
      Inauguration of the TOTAL hydrogen station at Berlin-Schönefeld

      Inauguration of the TOTAL hydrogen station at Berlin-Schönefeld

      The Parliamentary Secretary of State to the Federal Transport Minister, Katherina Reiche, refuelled a fuel cell vehicle for the first time at the "Green Hydrogen Hub" (H2BER) of the TOTAL multi-energy fuelling station at Berlin-Schönefeld. Hydrogen (H2) produced from wind power and solar energy supports cross-system networking of renewable energy from the electricity, heating and gas markets right through to the transport sector.

    • May. 2014

      Bohlen & Doyen join the Clean Energy Partnership
      Bohlen & Doyen join the Clean Energy Partnership

      Bohlen & Doyen join the Clean Energy Partnership

      Bohlen & Doyen, an expert in the construction and maintenance of service station technology, have pledged their support to the CEP. The company's contribution to Europe's largest hydrogen project is a mobile hydrogen fuelling station that is scheduled to go live in 2015.

    • Sep. 2014

      TOTAL filling station on Jafféstrasse now officially open
      TOTAL filling station on Jafféstrasse now officially open

      TOTAL filling station on Jafféstrasse now officially open

      With the official opening of a new multi-energy filling station at the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, the oil company TOTAL Deutschland GmbH and its partners Daimler AG, Linde AG and RWE Effizienz GmbH have made ​​a further contribution to the expansion of the network for future-oriented mobility. The multi-energy filling station on Jafféstrasse can supply vehicles of all drive types with energy: traditional internal combustion engines as well as battery-electric vehicles and electric vehicles that generate their electricity from a fuel cell using hydrogen.

    • Nov. 2014

      The CEP welcomes Westfalen Gruppe as a new partner
      The CEP welcomes Westfalen Gruppe as a new partner

      The CEP welcomes Westfalen Gruppe as a new partner

      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. 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.

    • Mar. 2013

      Inauguration of the ‘self-sufficient’ EnBW hydrogen filling station in Stuttgart
      Inauguration of the ‘self-sufficient’ EnBW hydrogen filling station in Stuttgart

      Inauguration of the ‘self-sufficient’ EnBW hydrogen filling station in Stuttgart

      In Stuttgart, with Baden-Württemberg's Environment Minister Franz Untersteller in attendance, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG officially launches the trial operation of southern Germany’s first hydrogen filling station that produces hydrogen for customers on-site. Photo: Baden-Württemberg's Environment Minister Franz Untersteller (right) and Dr. Dirk Mausbeck, EnBW Executive Board member (left) as a Mercedes-Benz B-Class F–CELL is refuelled.

    • Dec. 2013

      CEP and Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership (SHHP) announce collaboration
      CEP and Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership (SHHP) announce collaboration

      CEP and Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership (SHHP) announce collaboration

      Germany’s Clean Energy Partnership and the Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership announce an international collaboration at the "International workshop on H2 infrastructure and transportation" organized by NOW GmbH. The idea is to coordinate and accelerate the market readiness of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the mobility sector.

    • Jul. 2013

      Two million kilometres covered
      Two million kilometres covered

      Two million kilometres covered

      The Clean Energy Partnership’s vehicle fleet has covered two million kilometres since 2005 - with no major incidents. The 100 fuel cell cars currently on the road as part of the project include the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell, Ford Focus Fuel Cell, Honda FCX Clarity, Toyota FCHV-adv, Opel HydroGen4, VW Tiguan HyMotions and Audi Q5 HFC. In July 2013, two Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell cars were added.

    • Dec. 2013

      Fuel cell buses for Stuttgart
      Fuel cell buses for Stuttgart

      Fuel cell buses for Stuttgart

      Stuttgarter Straßenbahnen AG (SSB) joins the CEP, bringing low-emission, quiet city traffic closer to reality in Stuttgart. The SSB’s contribution to the CEP is to carry out initial trials of three of the latest generation fuel cell hybrid buses on routes in Stuttgart.

    • Feb. 2012

      Vattenfall hydrogen filling station opens in HafenCity
      Vattenfall hydrogen filling station opens in HafenCity

      Vattenfall hydrogen filling station opens in HafenCity

      In Hamburg, Vattenfall opens a hydrogen station that has the largest production capacity anywhere in Europe. The facility will be able to supply up to 750 kg of hydrogen a day. The special thing about it: half of the environmentally friendly fuel is produced on-site by electrolysis with renewable energy. In addition to the CEP’s fuel cell cars, HOCHBAHN hydrogen buses also refuel at HafenCity from now on.

    • Apr. 2012

      First delivery of wind hydrogen from Prenzlau
      First delivery of wind hydrogen from Prenzlau

      First delivery of wind hydrogen from Prenzlau

      The ENERTRAG hybrid power plant in Prenzlau begins supplying "green" hydrogen to Total filling stations in Berlin. So CEP vehicles are now powered with environmentally friendly fuel from wind energy.

    • Apr. 2012

      EnBW joins the CEP
      EnBW joins the CEP

      EnBW joins the CEP

      The CEP welcomes a new partner: from now on, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG joins the demonstration project’s other partner companies in promoting the use of renewable energy in road traffic, and the expansion of the hydrogen filling station network.

    • Jun. 2012

      50 hydrogen filling stations for Germany
      50 hydrogen filling stations for Germany

      50 hydrogen filling stations for Germany

      In a joint declaration of intent, the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development and the industry partners Air Liquide, Air Products, Daimler, Linde and Total commit to expanding the number of public hydrogen filling stations in Germany to at least 50 by 2015. Thus Germany will be one of the first countries in the world with a basic supply network. This is made possible by the work of the CEP, which laid the technical foundations for this step.

    • Aug. 2012

      More hydrogen filling stations for Hamburg
      More hydrogen filling stations for Hamburg

      More hydrogen filling stations for Hamburg

      The Hanseatic city consolidates its strong position in the leading-edge issue of zero-emissions mobility. Shell and Total inaugurate new hydrogen filling stations with 700-bar passenger-car refuelling in the city’s Bramfeld and Neugraben districts, bringing the number of public filling stations in Hamburg to a total of three.

    • Sep. 2012

      Siemens joins the CEP
      Siemens joins the CEP

      Siemens joins the CEP

      The CEP gains another strong industry partner. As part of the CEP, Siemens will equip hydrogen filling stations with an electrolysis system based on PEM (proton exchange membrane) technology, an efficient and flexible solution for producing hydrogen.

    • May. 2011

      Air Liquide becomes a CEP partner
      Air Liquide becomes a CEP partner

      Air Liquide becomes a CEP partner

      With Air Liquide, the CEP gains another global player as a member. The Air Liquide Group has been developing expertise across the entire hydrogen supply chain for over 40 years, and will contribute this know-how to the CEP. Its first major project with the CEP is the construction of a 700 bar hydrogen filling station in Dusseldorf.

    • May. 2011

      Honda brings the FCX Clarity to the CEP
      Honda brings the FCX Clarity to the CEP

      Honda brings the FCX Clarity to the CEP

      With Honda, another strong automotive group becomes a member of the CEP. Since the mid-1980s, Honda has carried out research and development in the field of fuel cells, and has delivered an impressive number of fuel cell electric vehicles to customers worldwide in the past 10 years. So for Honda, it was therefore a logical next step to bring the FCX Clarity, which has been field-tested on European roads since September 2009, into the CEP. The FCX Clarity is fuelled with gaseous hydrogen at 350 bar. With a full tank, its range is about 460 km.

    • Jun. 2011

      Shell opens its first hydrogen filling station in Germany
      Shell opens its first hydrogen filling station in Germany

      Shell opens its first hydrogen filling station in Germany

      Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH opens its first hydrogen filling station in Germany on the grounds of a Shell filling station at Sachsendamm, Berlin. The facility has a capacity for refuelling about 250 hydrogen vehicles a day. The filling station is initially operated mainly for demonstration and research purposes.

    • Aug. 2011

      New fuel cell hybrid buses on Hamburg routes
      New fuel cell hybrid buses on Hamburg routes

      New fuel cell hybrid buses on Hamburg routes

      The next generation of fuel cell buses, the Citaro FuelCELL hybrid from Mercedes-Benz goes into routine operation for the first time in the world – in Hamburg. The new fuel cell hybrid buses can recuperate regenerative braking energy and store it in lithium-ion batteries. The result is that with an anticipated mileage of 100 kilometres per 10 kg of hydrogen, they consume about 50 percent less hydrogen than the previous generation. Nicknamed "SauberBus" (CleanBus), they are fuelled with gaseous hydrogen at 350 bar.

    • Sep. 2011

      Hesse launches into an emissions-free mobile future
      Hesse launches into an emissions-free mobile future

      Hesse launches into an emissions-free mobile future

      Hesse becomes a new associate member of the CEP. This move by the state government of Hesse is intended to promote hydrogen and fuel cell technology as an important building block for future energy and mobility technologies. The Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen Initiative Hessen e.V. enters into an ongoing exchange of ideas with the CEP. Photo: Minister of the Environment Lucia Puttrich and Opel CEO Karl-Friedrich Stracke, with CEP representatives and fuel cell cars in front of the state parliament building (Landtag) in Wiesbaden.

    • Mar. 2010

      Toyota joins the CEP
      Toyota joins the CEP

      Toyota joins the CEP

      The Clean Energy Partnership continues to grow with the addition of new hydrogen filling stations, new regions and a new, international automobile partner. Toyota commits to contributing five FCHV-adv fuel cell hybrid vehicles to the partnership by 2011. As a result, 40 zero-emission cars by six car manufacturers are now on the road in Berlin and Hamburg. The FCHV-adv is fuelled with gaseous hydrogen pressure at 700 bar, and has a range of up to 790 km.

    • May. 2010

      Total filling station opens on Holzmarktstrasse, Berlin
      Total filling station opens on Holzmarktstrasse, Berlin

      Total filling station opens on Holzmarktstrasse, Berlin

      A hydrogen filling station on Holzmarktstrasse was opened by Dr. Andreas Scheuer, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. At the new Total service station on Holzmarktstrasse, hydrogen is offered in both liquid and gaseous form, from 350 bar and 700 bar pumps, making the CEP the first project in Europe that aimed to adapt to international standards from the beginning.

    • May. 2010

      The CEP expands its activities to North Rhine-Westphalia
      The CEP expands its activities to North Rhine-Westphalia

      The CEP expands its activities to North Rhine-Westphalia

      The state of North Rhine-Westphalia, represented by EnergieAgentur.NRW, joins the CEP as an associate partner. The expansion of the CEP to the North Rhine-Westphalia region opens up the possibility of new alliances between CEP companies and industry partners in the federal state. Photo: (left to right:) Dr. Frank-Michael Baumann (EnergieAgentur.NRW), Dr. Klaus Bonhoff (NOW GmbH), Christa Thoben (NRW Economics Minister), Dr. Andreas Ziolek (EnergieAgentur.NRW), Patrick Schnell (CEP Chairman) and Dr. Veit Steinle (Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development) at the WHEC in Essen, during the announcement that NRW was joining.

    • Dec. 2010

      Handover of the new Mercedes-Benz B -Class F-CELL
      Handover of the new Mercedes-Benz B -Class F-CELL

      Handover of the new Mercedes-Benz B -Class F-CELL

      In December 2010, Mercedes-Benz in Germany and the U.S. handed the first of a total of 200 series-produced B-Class F-CELL vehicles to selected customers. By the end of 2013, 90 F-CELL vehicles had been delivered to customers in Germany as part of the CEP. The F-CELL is fuelled with gaseous hydrogen at 700 bar. A full tank gives it a range of about 400 km.

    • Dec. 2010

      Baden-Württemberg joins the CEP
      Baden-Württemberg joins the CEP

      Baden-Württemberg joins the CEP

      Baden-Württemberg becomes a new associate member of the CEP. At the same time the state’s fleet receives its first two fuel cell vehicles, both Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-CELL. The state is represented in the CEP by the state agency e-mobil BW. Photo: Franz Loogen (e-mobil BW), Prof. Herbert Kohler (Daimler AG), Environment and Transport Minister Tanja Gönner, Dr. Hans-Josef Zimmer (EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG) and Helmut Rau, state minister (left to right) at the announcement in Stuttgart.

    • Mar. 2009

      Cooperation with the CaFCP
      Cooperation with the CaFCP

      Cooperation with the CaFCP

      Germany’s Clean Energy Partnership and the California Fuel Cell Partnership in the USA form a transatlantic alliance. Its purpose: coordinate and accelerate joint projects in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

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    • Jun. 2007

      Germany premiere of the Ford Explorer Fuel Cell
      Germany premiere of the Ford Explorer Fuel Cell

      Germany premiere of the Ford Explorer Fuel Cell

      The Ford Explorer Fuel Cell makes its debut in continental Europe during the "Long Night of Science" in Berlin. The six-seater was first presented at the Los Angeles Motor Show in December 2006. The Ford Explorer Fuel Cell incorporates a completely new vehicle concept and was specifically designed as a zero-emissions fuel cell drive.

    • Mar. 2006

      Opening of the Total hydrogen filling station in Spandau, Berlin
      Opening of the Total hydrogen filling station in Spandau, Berlin

      Opening of the Total hydrogen filling station in Spandau, Berlin

      Wolfgang Tiefensee, German Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, and his French counterpart Dominique Perben open the second CEP hydrogen filling station, where hydrogen buses and cars can be refuelled with liquid or gaseous hydrogen. The filling station serves as a platform for the EU-funded hyFLEET:CUTE project, which also launched a fleet of 14 hydrogen buses run by the Berlin Transit Authority (Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe - BVG) in Berlin.

    • Jun. 2006

      Berlin Transit Authority (BVG) receive MAN hydrogen buses
      Berlin Transit Authority (BVG) receive MAN hydrogen buses

      Berlin Transit Authority (BVG) receive MAN hydrogen buses

      With German Environment Minister Sigmund Gabriel in attendance, the first buses with hydrogen internal combustion engines are delivered to the Berlin Transport Authority (BVG). During football’s 2006 World Cup, the buses were used as shuttles between the airport and the press centre at the Olympic Stadium. The buses are fuelled with gaseous hydrogen at 350 bar, and have a range of about 200 km. As part of the CEP, four hydrogen-powered buses remain in regular service until the end of the bus project in 2014.

    • Jul. 2006

      Volkswagen joins the Clean Energy Partnership
      Volkswagen joins the Clean Energy Partnership

      Volkswagen joins the Clean Energy Partnership

      The CEP added a new partner taking the number of companies to 11. Volkswagen brings the VW Touran HyMotions to the CEP fleet as the project’s 17th hydrogen vehicle. The vehicle was developed at the Isenbuttel Volkswagen Technology Centre and was first intensively trialed in everyday conditions in the United States. Its use in Berlin represents its German debut. The fuel cell vehicle is fuelled with gaseous hydrogen at 350 bar. A full tank gives it a range of about 160 km.

    • Nov. 2006

      Presentation of the BMW Hydrogen 7
      Presentation of the BMW Hydrogen 7

      Presentation of the BMW Hydrogen 7

      BMW unveils the Hydrogen 7 in Berlin. Under the bonnet is a modified gasoline engine that can burn both hydrogen and gasoline. The highly insulated tank holds approximately 8 kg of cryogenic liquid hydrogen, giving the hydrogen-powered saloon car a range of over 200 km. A petrol tank extends the range by an additional 500 km. A small series of 100 BMW Hydrogen 7 vehicles was built and used until 2009.

    • Apr. 2005

      Total joins the CEP
      Total joins the CEP

      Total joins the CEP

      The international oil company Total becomes the next infrastructure partner to join the project. That autumn, the group opens another public hydrogen filling station in Berlin – under the CEP umbrella.

    • Jun. 2005

      GM/Opel starts CEP field test of the HydroGen3
      GM/Opel starts CEP field test of the HydroGen3

      GM/Opel starts CEP field test of the HydroGen3

      With the delivery of the HydroGen3, GM/Opel begins field-testing a fuel cell car in Berlin within the CEP. The "HydroGen3 liquid" is fuelled with liquid hydrogen. With 4.6 kg of cryogenic hydrogen in the tank, it has a range of around 400 km. At the same time, Opel tests the "HydroGen3 compressed 700", which stores hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bar. GM/Opel is the first manufacturer to receive MOT approval for a 700 bar hydrogen tank.

    • Aug. 2004

      Mercedes-Benz A-Class F-Cell conquers the streets of Berlin
      Mercedes-Benz A-Class F-Cell conquers the streets of Berlin

      Mercedes-Benz A-Class F-Cell conquers the streets of Berlin

      In August 2004, Daimler delivered an A-Class F-Cell with a fuel cell drive to then German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. In the following months, four more vehicles were delivered to customers in Berlin as part of the CEP. In all, 60 A-Class F-Cell cars were manufactured and from 2003 were tested under everyday conditions by customers in Europe, the USA, Japan and Singapore. The A-Class F-Cell was fuelled with gaseous hydrogen at 350 bar, and had a range of 160 km.

    • Nov. 2004

      The first CEP hydrogen filling station opens
      The first CEP hydrogen filling station opens

      The first CEP hydrogen filling station opens

      The first CEP filling station goes into operation on Messedamm in Berlin. Gaseous hydrogen is generated directly at the filling station using water electrolysis. The hydrogen is then condensed to a pressure of 350 bar in a Linde compressor system that also enables refuelling with cryogenic liquid hydrogen. The opening of the filling station marked the start of the expansion of the CEP test fleet that initially consisted of 16 fuel cell drive passenger cars in Berlin.

    • Nov. 2004

      Start of fleet operation with the Ford Focus Fuel Cell
      Start of fleet operation with the Ford Focus Fuel Cell

      Start of fleet operation with the Ford Focus Fuel Cell

      The Ford Focus Fuel Cell is delivered to the Hermes Logistik Group as part of the CEP. In the following months, two more are delivered to pilot customers in Berlin. The Ford Focus Fuel Cell is fuelled with gaseous hydrogen at 350 bar, and has a range of about 320 km with a full tank.

    • Dec. 2002

      Establishment of the Clean Energy Partnership
      Establishment of the Clean Energy Partnership

      Establishment of the Clean Energy Partnership

      An offshoot of the "Transport Energy Strategy" (VES), the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) was established in December 2002 as a joint political initiative lead-managed by the German Ministry of Transport and Industry.

    • Dec. 2002 - May. 2008

      Project Phase I: How it all began
      Project Phase I: How it all began

      Project Phase I: How it all began

      In its first phase from December 2002 to May 2008, the partnership tested a variety of applications for hydrogen. These included the local production of hydrogen by water electrolysis or liquid petroleum gas (LPG) reforming, central hydrogen production by steam reforming of natural gas, and the distribution of H2 by tank truck. There were also trials involving the storage and delivery of liquid and compressed hydrogen to filling stations, and its mobile application as a fuel for hydrogen-powered vehicles with fuel cells or internal combustion engines.

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