Emission-free mobility with green hydrogen in a practical trial
We all want future mobility to be environmentally friendly and practical on a day-to-day basis. Actually, hydrogen could play a significant role in this vision, which is why TOTAL has been testing hydrogen fuel stations in Germany for more than 12 years. Employees at the Berlin headquarters have access to two hydrogen automobiles for business trips. On a long journey between Berlin and Hamburg, a team of employees proved that fuel cell vehicles are efficient and able to go the distance.
A route with hydrogen vehicles from Berlin to Hamburg. Hydrogen cars in front of the Brandenburg Gate.
Filling hydrogen in a hydrogen vehicle.
Fuel-filling a hydrogen car at a hydrogen dispenser.
Pump nozzle for hydrogen.
Two hydrogen cars on their way from Berlin to Hamburg passing the TOTAL headquater in Berlin.
Hydrogen vehicle at the hydrogen service station at the Holzmarktstreet in Berlin.
Emission-free mobility with green hydrogen in a practical trial from Berlin to Hamburg.
Arrival in Hamburg with hydrogen left in the tanks.
Hydrogen Pioneer since 2002
Since 2002, TOTAL Deutschland has been researching hydrogen and fuel cell technology as part of the Clean-Energy-Partnership (CEP). The CEP, an initiative launched jointly by the federal government and partners in industry, has set itself the task of installing 50 hydrogen fuel stations onto the grid nationwide. As a pioneer in this field, TOTAL already operates nine stations that supply hydrogen fuel: two in Hamburg, four in Berlin, one in Stuttgart, one in Geiselwind at the highway and one in Munich. As the grid is expanded, TOTAL intends to open up more multi-energy fuel stations, which means that travelling through Germany in a hydrogen vehicle will be possible in the very near future. For more information, have a look at h2-mobility.de.
Efficient and environmentally friendly
A team of employees from TOTAL's headquarters in Berlin wanted to determine just exactly how well hydrogen would perform as a fuel and whether the ranges claimed by the vehicle manufacturers per fill-up could actually be achieved under real conditions. With two fully tanked hydrogen cars, they left Berlin heading toward Hamburg; a journey of around 300 kilometers. The test run was scheduled in conjunction the opening of a new TOTAL multi-energy fuel station in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. Both drivers endeavored to drive smoothly at a speed of about 100 km/h on the highway in order to use as little fuel as possible; and they made good progress. The journey was uneventful until a traffic jam just outside Hamburg had the drivers and passengers sweating because stop-and-go driving increases fuel consumption in hydrogen cars as well. They made it however, and even had enough fuel left over for an additional 50 to 70 kilometers.
Green hydrogen closes the emission-free mobility cycle
This practical trial underscored the credibility of the benefits of the new technology. Hydrogen vehicles with fuel cells have a high range and are emission-free, exclusively discharging water vapor. In light of the fact that the success of the H2 technology is of course dependent on the issue of sustainability, the hydrogen available at the fuel stations will be produced in a 'green' process from renewable sources. TOTAL has already demonstrated this at the H2BER in Berlin-Schoenefeld, where green hydrogen is produced on site from wind energy by electrolysis.