Gas company Linde has opened a hydrogen filling station in Munich, Germany as a fuel for zero-emissions fuel-cell vehicles.

The new facility has a 400kg storage tank for liquefied hydrogen and a next-generation H2 compressor (cryogenic pump) developed by Linde.

The German Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) supported the construction of the hydrogen facility with €400,000 from its National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The facility will be operated by the infrastructure partner H2 Mobility.

According to the companies it takes about four minutes to refuel a fuel-cell vehicle with the gaseous fuel, compressed to 700 bar. The new station in Munich is one of the first 50 hydrogen filling stations that are being built as part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and brings the number of public hydrogen filling stations in the Germany-wide network to 41.

‘Today you are witnessing the premiere of the world's most compact and energy-efficient hydrogen filling station in this performance class,’ said Markus Bachmeier, head of hydrogen solutions at Linde. ‘Together with our customers and partners, we have further evolved our cryopump technology specifically for use in inner-city locations, significantly reducing both the space requirements and the energy consumption.’

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