October 17 2012 - 11:00 am (CET)
Hydrogen is the emission-free fuel for the future
Hydrogen and fuel cell technology are good prerequisites
for a broad use and acceptance of emission-free vehicles in
OMV CEO Roiss: "With just four kilos of hydrogen a vehicle
can drive for around 400 kilometers"
On 17 October 2012, OMV opened the first public hydrogen
filling station in Austria. OMV has been researching the
alternative drive concept for vehicles with hydrogen and fuel
cells for several years. This latest development therefore
signifies a further step towards sustainability and
OMV CEO Dr. Gerhard Roiss, comments on the project: "For over
50 years we have been filling our cars with liters. In the
future, we will fill them with kilos. With only four kilos of
hydrogen a car can drive for around 400 kilometers. The
hydrogen era begins today. Thanks to OMV, this emission-free
fuel of the future is available in Austria now, and is
building a bridge to Europe's climate targets."
Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner, Federal Minister for Economy and
Energy, emphasizes the bene-fits of the technology for
Austria: "Eco-innovations belong to the future. The increased
use of hydrogen improves transport's carbon footprint and at
the same time supports the struc-tural change in the
automotive sector. It is precisely the developments in
components such as hydrogen tanks and fuel cells that offer
enormous potential for value and employment creation in
Austria. The OMV initiative is therefore an important impetus
from an energy, innovation and economic policy perspective."
"The promotion of hydrogen technology is an important step
towards sustainability. This technology is also important for
public mobility. The OMV project could also help further
improve the air quality of our beautiful city and therefore
improve quality of life," says Prof. Harry Kopietz, president
of the Vienna state parliament, in an acknowledgement of the
posi-tive aspects this project will have for the city.
Fuel cell vehicle manufacturer Daimler is also convinced by
the OMV vision: "The journey towards electro mobility is more
like a marathon than a sprint as it will be completed in many
small steps. Our fuel cell vehicles have already proven their
readiness to go into series production, and we are now
testing customer behavior such as here at OMV in Vienna,"
says Prof. Dr. Herbert Kohler, director of group research at
Daimler and environmental officer.
"We have already worked successfully with OMV in the
past," said Georg Denoke, Member of the Executive Board
at Linde AG. "As a pioneer in the field of hydrogen
technology, we are particularly pleased that we were able to
continue this long standing partnership for the development
of the first hydrogen filling station in Austria. This is a
further important step towards creating an extensive hydrogen
infrastructure in Europe."
Hydrogen as a promising fuel for the future
Hydrogen vehicles operate without producing emissions,
because only water vapor comes out of the exhaust.
Traditional combustion does not take place in such vehicles;
instead there is an exchange of electrons. In the process,
hydrogen reacts with oxygen and a fuel cell converts the
energy directly into electrical power. Hydrogen vehicles with
fuel cells that have 4 kilos in their tanks have a range of
more than 400 kilometers - an enormous advantage over
battery-driven electric cars.
In its gas form hydrogen is colorless and odorless, very
light, non-toxic and is of no risk to people or the
environment. Even the exhaust only emits water vapor and warm
OMV filling station on Shuttleworthstraße benefits from
In order to ensure maximum energy efficiency and the
readiness of the elements for series production, all
technologies and solutions are precisely synchronized with
each other. The focus here was on a massive reduction in
electricity consumption and the complete replacement of
conventional heating systems.
The filling station on Shuttleworthstraße has been provided
with an integrated cooling, air conditioning and heating
system with energy recovery. This technology enables the
filling sta-tion to be operated without relying on any
traditional heating energy.
All lighting elements were mostly equipped with LED - a
major contribution if you consider that the lighting is
used for 24 hours, 365 days of the year.
The car wash at the filling station has been equipped with
solar energy panels that serve to provide hot water and
heat the car wash both internally and externally.
In addition, blinds have been installed to help reduce the
amount of energy used for cooling.
Through the use of these latest technologies, the filling
station could achieve a reduction in CO2 emissions by at
least 30 tons a year. Compared with conventional filling
stations, this would mean a reduction in energy costs of
around 50%. As a result, the measures carried out make a
considerable contribution towards sustainability. The
prototype on Shuttleworthstraße provides OMV with an ideal
test laboratory for further "green stations". All measures
tested there should -