Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer together with industry partners Daimler, Linde, Air Products, Air Liquide and Total on June 20, 2012 announced the foundation for a nationwide network of hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany.

As part of the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme(NIP), Germany’s hydrogen refuelling infrastructure will be expanded from the current 14 stations to a total of 50 sites by 2015, as research and development projects. The funding amounts to €20 million.

Minister Ramsauer, referring to the benefits of fuel cell vehicles, indicated that a hydrogen station network covering the main urban areas is necessary to facilitate the launch of fuel cell vehicles in 2015 as announced by the main car manufacturers. The stations will form the basis for a wider, needs-based infrastructure for refuelling hydrogen fuel cell vehicles throughout the country.

Recently similar natinal intiatives were announced in the UK, France in addition to ongoing developments in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.