The network of H2 refuelling stations is growing. As of today, there are 90 H2 refuelling stations in Germany. The expansion will be continued according to demand. Focal points of the expansion include the Rhine/Ruhr and Rhine/Main metropolitan regions, as well as Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart and the important connecting roads.
There are already 18 H2 refuelling stations in Bavaria. The new location at the OMV refuelling station, Wendling 14 in Irschenberg is conveniently situated on the federal road 472, in the immediate vicinity of the A8 and thus closes an important gap between Munich and Salzburg or Innsbruck.
We are very pleased that the municipality of Irschenberg, with its central location, can once again be a site for promising energies, said Mayor Klaus Meixner on the occasion of the commissioning.
Hydrogen offers many advantages compared to fossil fuels. If we want alternative drives to be used beyond combustion engines, we must significantly expand the infrastructure. That is why I welcome the fact that in the future it will also be possible to fill up with hydrogen in the district of Miesbach, says Ilse Aigner, President of the Bavarian State Parliament.
Hydrogen is used to fuel electric vehicles with fuel cells. Their advantages: no noise, no pollutants, but the same use, speed and range as cars with petrol or diesel engines. Hydrogen vehicles have ranges of 500 to 700 kilometres and refuel in only three to five minutes. The filling station technology comes from the gas and technology company Air Liquide. The facility holds about 200 kilogrammes of hydrogen and is state of the art.
Hydrogen offers the possibility of expanding the fuel supply in the transport sector in a climate-friendly way, because with the help of hydrogen, especially if it is produced with renewable energy, climate-damaging CO2 emissions can be significantly reduced.
The hydrogen station in Irschenberg was funded by the European Commission in the trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T CEF) in the Connecting Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (COHRS) project.