Record hydrogen growth in Germany suggests there's a greener way for Australia
Germany has consolidated its position as a leader in hydrogen fuel, with analysis placing it second in the the world for the provision of public hydrogen refueling infrastructure in 2018.
The analysis, undertaken by H2stations.org, a website of Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) which is a subsidiary of product certification service TÜV SÜD, noted Germany had added 17 new public hydrogen refueling stations last year.
Germany now has 60 hydrogen refueling station available to the public, surpassed only by Japan which currently possesses 96.
“Germany have increased the comprehensive national coverage and the refueling station density along the increasingly seamless hydrogen corridors from East to West and North to South in Europe,” the report stated.
So, what’s the likelihood of Australia following suit?
Claire Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Hydrogen Mobility Australia, thinks we might not be too far away but there is a little work that needs to be done.
“Partnerships between government and industry have really accelerated the deployment,” says Johnson, citing the ACT government’s deal with Hyundai to deliver 20 hydrogen cars and a hydrogen car refueling station.
But in the end of the day it will come down to consumer sentiment.
“The level of awareness is still relatively low,” says Johnson, “We need a much better education campaign about the benefits of hydrogen.
By the end of 2018 there were 152 hydrogen refueling station in Europe, 136 in Asia and 78 in North America. Of the 369 hydrogen stations worldwide, 273 were available for public use while the remaining serviced closed user groups like buses and fleet vehicles.
Ben Squires is a freelance writer based in Sydney interested in all things travel, finance and comedy.