Opel HydroGen4 gets its first hydrogen fuel from wind power

Apr 24, 2012

  • Opel partners TOTAL and ENERTRAG make “green” hydrogen available
  • Pilot project with renewable energy on the streets of Berlin

Opel News:Opel HydroGen4 gets its first hydrogen fuel from wind power

Berlin/Rüsselsheim. For the first time, the longstanding Opel partners TOTAL and ENERTRAG have started to supply a Berlin gas station with hydrogen fuel produced from wind power. Both companies have been testing fuel cell vehicles for everyday use. The hybrid power station run by ENERTRAG in the Berlin district of Prenzlau is now supplying “green” hydrogen fuel to gas stations owned by TOTAL. This means that vehicles taking part in the hydrogen fuel CEP (Clean Energy Partnership) supported by the German government will now be powered by environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel sourced from wind power. The Opel HydroGen4 run by TOTAL was the first vehicle to be fuelled in Berlin with the new “green” hydrogen.

 

The use of hydrogen in the CEP project that is produced from renewable energy sources is a milestone on the path to emissions-free mobility. Hydrogen is able to store fluctuating renewable energy sources over longer periods that can be produced immediately at the wind farms. In that sense, the hydrogen neither causes harmful emissions when it is sourced, nor when it is used as a fuel. The “exhaust” vapors emitted from fuel cell vehicles are only steam from water.

 

The Opel strategy to bring more and more renewable energies to the streets by actively supporting such projects has now received valuable support with the start of the pilot project in Berlin. With the implementation of actions on the ground, sustainable mobility and alternative energy including renewable energies are now a big step closer.