Munich. In 2011, worldwide, 12 new hydrogen fueling stations have been opened. This brought the total number of in-service gas stations on 215. This is the result of the fourth annual evaluation of H2stations.org, a website of the Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik (LBST), and by TÜV SÜD. An additional 122 stations are worldwide in planning.

Three new stations were put into operation in Germany last year, two of them in the Southwest. In addition to the focal points of Hamburg, Berlin and the Ruhr area the nationwide network of hydrogen refueling stations is taking more and more shape. Especially, the gas stations on the direct line from Berlin to Munich are missing. The corridor to the south is expected to be pushed further on for this year with the opening of a gas station in Bozen. The openings of the year 2011 in Switzerland and Mailand complement the corridor to the southwest.

In Germany, in 2011 a total of 29 operational hydrogen fueling stations were recorded, 12 stations are planned in detail. For a further 20 stations to be built by 2014, the site has not yet been determined. Overall in Europe nine stations opened last year. In Finland the first hydrogen filling station was put into production in January of 2012, and another is planned. In North America, two new stations were opened. At the same time, however, some stations were closed- albeit far less than expected because gas stations are often operated on after the end of publicly funded projects.

Thus, to the knowledge of the Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik a total of 85 petrol stations in Europe, 80 in North America and 47 are in operation in Asia. The remaining three stations are located in South America, where the fleet of fuel cell buses in Sao Paulo will be extended to 25 buses.

The page H2stations.org (www.H2stations.org) shows all the hydrogen-fueling stations that are in operation, planned and closed on interactive maps. The database is constantly updated and contains detailed information on the current existing 437 service stations and station plans. The database could be expanded for 2011 by 19 stations. To 145 gas stations there were new messages. “The database is avalaible free of charge for non-commercial use,” says CEO Dr. Uwe Albrecht LBST. “For commercial customers, we also offer further information and specific evaluations.”

Information and services on hydrogen and fuel cells

In their hydrogen and fuel cell portal (www.netinform.de/H2) TÜV SÜD and LBST have summarized extensive information and services for professionals and interested laymen. In addition, www.H2stations.org, also entails the website www.H2mobility.org with an overview of all hydrogen vehicles since 1807, as well as detailed technical information and service rules.

The Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik GmbH (LBST) is a consulting company for energy and the environment. The renowned experts support their international clients in industry, finance, politics and organizations on issues of technology, strategy and sustainability. Two decades of continuous experience of the interdisciplinary team form the basis of the comprehensive competence of the LBST. Since 2006 the international service corporation TÜV SÜD holds a minority stake in Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik. The common goal is the safe and economic use of alternative energy sources.

More information about Ludwig-Bolkow-Systemtechnik and TÜV SÜD is available on the web at www.lbst.de www.tuev-sued.de/wasserstoff respectively.

The static maps of hydrogen fueling stations can be downloaded under www.tuev-sued.de/pressefotos.  (main section “Current Press Photos”) can be downloaded.