Hydrogen-powered vehicles are essentially the next-generation electric vehicles. This new-age technology is powered by a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen within the fuel cells rather than through the combustion of fossil fuels. Originally developed to power space crafts, fuel cells now hold the potential of wider applications, including mobility.
Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) is a flagship project aimed at developing the first truly pan-European network of hydrogen refueling stations. This is a giant leap forward for the hydrogen society, giving drivers of hydrogen-powered vehicles access to fueling stations on a much more basic level.
Aside from the actual vehicle technology the creation of a fueling station network is essential to the market development of these new vehicles. FCEVs can be refueled in 3-5 minutes at a hydrogen refueling station (HRS), offering refueling times similar to those of conventional petrol or diesel cars. At the moment there are a limited number of HRSs in each of the partner countries and H2ME will help expand these network.
The basis for hydrogen mobility with passenger cars has been created in Germany: The basic network for 700 bar refueling will grow to 100 in the coming months. Then more than 6 million motorists will be able to switch to hydrogen without having to take major detours. At six hydrogen stations commercial vehicles can already refuel at 350 bar today (https://h2.live/en/
faq). From 2021, hydrogen stations will be set up primarily where demand for commercial vehicles is expected in the short term and where a public filling station would make sense for a growing network of filling stations for passenger cars as well.
Though its UK and Germany offices the Company will do research of the possibility of setting up hydrogen fuel stations in Europe. During 2023, the company will build the first station and start providing services by 2024. The 1st
station will be a small-scale station with 6 filling piles.