Fill up with hydrogen in Hannover-Laatzen

Drivers of fuel-cell electric cars can refuel at more and more filling stations: H2 MOBILITY Deutschland and its shareholders Shell and Air Liquide have jointly opened a hydrogen (H2) filling station in Hannover-Laatzen – the fifth in Lower Saxony. The hydrogen supply network in Germany is becoming increasingly tight knit.

Hydrogen is used to refuel electric vehicles with fuel cells. Their advantages: no noise, no pollutants, but the same use, speed and range as passenger cars with petrol or diesel engines. Hydrogen vehicles have ranges of 500 to 800 kilometres, and are refuelled in just three minutes.

The network of stations at which fuel cell vehicles can refuel with hydrogen is becoming increasingly tight knit. There are now 64 H2 filling stations in Germany; by the end of 2019 there will be 100. Other H2 filling stations can be found nearby in Wolfsburg and Osnabrück, as well as in Kassel, Bremen, Stuhr and Hamburg.

The facility at the Shell service station on Karlsruher Straße 12 is directly next to the Hannover Messe convention grounds and near the Hannover-Süd motorway junction. It is a link, e.g., for journeys on the routes from Hamburg to Hesse and southern Germany or from Berlin to North Rhine-Westphalia.

The client is H2 MOBILITY, a joint venture that is setting up a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. The filling station technology comes from the gas and technology company Air Liquide.

The Hannover-Laatzen hydrogen station is state-of-the-art, intuitive to use by the driver; refuelling is similar to that of conventional vehicles and takes three to five minutes. The facility has a capacity of around 200 kilograms of hydrogen – enough to refuel 40 to 50 vehicles a day.

E-mobility with hydrogen reduces CO2 emissions

Hydrogen offers a way to expand the range of fuels available 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 Hannover-Laatzen is funded by the European Commission through the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) in the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project.