Air Liquide to boost German hydrogen fuel infrastructureAugust 12, 2012
Air Liquide revealed as a participant in ambitious infrastructure initiative
Germany has become home to one of the most extensive hydrogen fuel infrastructures in the world. The country’s efforts have served as an example for other interested in hydrogen transportation, highlighting the importance of a comprehensive infrastructure and how it can shape the auto industry’s future. By the end of 2015, Germany will have 50 new hydrogen fuel stations, all of which will be open to the public. Air Liquide, a producer of industrial gases, has been revealed as one of the company’s behind the ambitious infrastructure effort.
Germany already home to a strong hydrogen fuel infrastructure
Germany’s plans to build 50 new hydrogen fuel stations were announced earlier this year by the Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development. Several companies announced their support of the initiative, with many signing a joint Letter of Intent, committing themselves to the expansion of the country’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure. Though many of these companies have shown their interest in hydrogen fuel, the exact details concerning their participation in the initiative has remained a secret until very recently.
Air Liquide to design and build new fuel stations
Air Liquide will design and build 10 hydrogen fuel stations for Germany. Three will be located in North Rhine-Westphalia, two in Hesse, two in Saxony and Southern Germany, with the remaining one in Lower Saxony. The company has successfully built and deployed 59 hydrogen fuel stations all over the world, making it an ideal candidate for participation in Germany’s efforts to bolster its hydrogen fuel infrastructure.
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Daimler a strong supporter of hydrogen fuel infrastructure
A strong infrastructure may mean the success of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Daimler, owners of Mercedes-Benz, has been working to enhance Germany’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure for several years. The automaker has made significant progress and believes that Germany will become a powerful market for hydrogen-powered vehicles once its infrastructure reaches a comprehensive level. Germany is expected to continue investing in its hydrogen fuel infrastructure beyond 2015.
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