First hydrogen filling station opened
Jun 3, 2008 - Reuters - Market Wire
Munich - The first Belgian hydrogen filling station was
inaugurated today in Brussels by Total in the presence of
the Flemish Ministry for Economy, Enterprise, Science, Innovation
and Foreign Trade. Linde developed the technology which
allows the low-temperature liquid hydrogen to be stored
next to the station, as well as the refuelling system. The
Total filling station, which is situated on the Paris-bound
carriageway of the E19 motorway, was built as part of the
cooperation of BMW and Total.
"As a pioneer in hydrogen technology Linde has a particular
responsibility to promote sustainable mobility based on
hydrogen", said Dr Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive
Board of Linde AG. "It is vitally important that we work
in tandem with politicians, scientists and economic decision-makers
in order to continue to develop and improve the infrastructures
and technologies required for the use of hydrogen as a fuel."
"Within the framework of its commitment towards a sustainable
development, the TOTAL group has been investing for several
years into research & development on hydrogen as a fuel",
explains Miguel del Marmol, Managing Director of TOTAL BELGIUM.
"With this new station, TOTAL shows that the distribution
of' hydrogen can be perfectly integrated in a motorway service
Linde, which is a leading supplier of industrial gases
and the world's largest manufacturer of hydrogen plants,
has been powering ahead with the development of hydrogen
technology for years. Almost all the filling stations in
the world which supply liquid hydrogen are equipped with
Linde refuelling technology. The advantage of liquid hydrogen
(LH2) over compressed gaseous hydrogen (CGH2) is that it
has a significantly higher energy density. This higher energy
density means that more energy can be saved when the hydrogen
is transported from the production site to the filling station
than is required for the liquefaction of the gas. The amount
of space required to store liquid hydrogen at the filling
station is much less than for gaseous hydrogen.
The Linde Group is a world leading gases and engineering
company with more than 50,000 employees working in around
100 countries worldwide. In the 2007 financial year it achieved
sales of EUR 12.3 billion. The strategy of The Linde Group
is geared towards sustainable earnings-based growth and
focuses on the expansion of its international business with
forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly
towards its shareholders, business partners, employees,
society and the environment - in every one of its business
areas, regions and locations across the globe. Linde is
committed to technologies and products that unite the goals
of customer value and sustainable development.
For more information, see The Linde Group web site at www.
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