Kreis Düren, 06 October 2021 | Buses and cars will soon be able to refuel with hydrogen at the Shell filling station “Im großen Tal 1” in Düren. District Administrator Wolfgang Spelthahn, Falk Schulte-Wintrop (H2 MOBILITY) and Josef Busch, Managing Director of the Shell brand partner company PM Pfennings, have now pointed out the possibilities of hydrogen in the transport sector in a joint statement on the occasion of the start of construction of the newly built H2 filling station in the industrial estate. The builder and operator is H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, the technology comes from Air Liquide.

At present, hydrogen is mainly used to refuel electric vehicles with fuel cells. Their advantages: no noise, no pollutants, but the same use, speed and range as vehicles with petrol or diesel engines. Hydrogen vehicles have ranges of 500 to 700 kilometres and refuel in only three to five minutes; buses, like conventional buses, need about 15 minutes to refuel and thus achieve a range of about 300 kilometres. In the medium term, however, commercial vehicle manufacturers also want to bring fuel-cell-powered vehicles onto the market.

The hydrogen filling station in Düren is scheduled for completion at the end of 2021. It is conveniently located on the A4 motorway and complements the 18 hydrogen filling stations in NRW to date. As of today, the district of Düren has ordered five hydrogen buses and already uses two H2 vehicles in its fleet. The first hydrogen buses will arrive and operate in the Düren district by January 2022. From then on, five more buses will be added each year. The fleet of the Düren district will also be expanded with more H2 vehicles.

In addition, some municipalities such as Nörvenich and Jülich as well as private companies are now also driving hydrogen cars. Next year the district of Düren will start producing green hydrogen on the basis of solar energy at the Brainergy Park in Jülich.

District Administrator Wolfgang Spelthahn: “Today we have reached another important milestone. We are firmly convinced of hydrogen technology and plan to build four more H2 filling stations distributed throughout the district.”

PM Pfennings also relies on hydrogen and plans to build an H2 station in the district of Düren, especially for heavy-duty transport: “It is for heavy-duty applications that hydrogen offers the greatest advantages – short refuelling times, long ranges and low weight,” says Josef Busch.

“With the station in Düren, we are closing the supply gap between Cologne and Aachen and thus on the way to Belgium and the Netherlands,” said Falk Schulte-Wintrop, responsible for strategic corporate development at H2 MOBILITY. There are currently already 91 hydrogen stations nationwide.

To refuel with hydrogen in Germany, you need the H2 MOBILITY card, which can be easily ordered online at H2 LIVE.

The federal government is funding the construction of the hydrogen filling station in Düren through the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme (nip) with about 1.3 to 1.4 million euros.


H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for the nationwide development of a hydrogen infrastructure in Germany. From 2021 onwards, further stations will be set up where there is demand for commercial vehicles and where a public filling station makes sense for a growing network of filling stations for passenger cars. H2 MOBILITY takes on all tasks – planning, construction, operation and marketing – that are necessary for successful network expansion and operation.

The shareholders of H2 MOBILITY are Air Liquide, Daimler, Hyundai, Linde, OMV, Shell and TotalEnergies. BMW, Honda, Toyota and Volkswagen as well as NOW GmbH Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellentechnologie advise H2 MOBILITY as associated partners.

More information: H2 MOBILITY

About Fred Pfennings GmbH & Co. KG

The family-run company Fred Pfennings GmbH & Co. KG can look back on a remarkable development in its 60-year history. Founded by Fred and Anni in 1961, the company started with a manageable range of lubricants. Today, PM Pfennings, now in its third generation, supplies a network of around 90 petrol stations and, with its wide range of lubricants, is one of the most renowned mineral oil suppliers in the region. PM Pfennings employs a team of over 200 people and works closely with its service station partners.


H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG
Sybille Riepe
+49 (0) 170 58 70 317

Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH
Axel Pommeränke
+49 (0) 40 63 245 290

Air Liquide Deutschland GmbH
Nicola Blumhofer
+49 (0) 211 6699-4242

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