Proton OnSite to aid in the building of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure in GermanyMarch 13, 2014
Company wins contract to assist infrastructure efforts in Germany
Proton OnSite, a leading developer of hydrogen-centric solutions, has been tapped to install new hydrogen fuel generators at several fueling stations that will take root in Germany. These fuel stations are part of the H2Mobility initiative, which aims to assist in the establishment of a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure in Germany. The country has become quite focused on hydrogen for the sake of clean transportation and has invested heavily in the development of an infrastructure that will be able to support the future launch of hydrogen-powered vehicles.
Proton OnSite technology will be put to use at new fueling stations based in Hamburg
Per the contract awarded to Proton OnSite, the company will be providing its C-Series proton exchange membrane electrolyzers to new fueling stations being built in Hamburg. The electrolyzers will be responsible for producing the hydrogen that will be used to fuel new vehicles. These electrolyzers will also receive some of their electrical power from renewable sources, such as wind and solar energy. This is expected to make the fueling stations more environmentally friendly.
Initiative seeks to install 50 new fueling stations throughout Germany by 2015
The H2Mobility initiative aims to have some 50 fueling stations built throughout the country by 2015. That is the year that most major automakers have targeted for the release of their fuel cell vehicles. While some automakers have opted to release hydrogen-powered vehicles early, most believe that a working fuel infrastructure will not be established until sometime in 2015. Without this infrastructure, hydrogen-powered vehicles are not likely to find support among consumers.
Europe begins showing more support for clean transportation
Germany is not the only country working to establish a hydrogen fuel infrastructure, of course. Clean transportation has become a popular concept throughout Europe and several countries have begun to makes strides in showing support for fuel cell vehicles. In the United Kingdom, several hydrogen oriented projects are currently underway. Many of these projects have to do with the development of a fuel infrastructure, though some are also seeking to address the cost and efficiency issues that are associated with fuel cell technology.