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Press Release 2009 March

Fifteen New Hydrogen Refuelling Stations in 2008, Worldwide

Munich. In 2008, 15 new hydrogen refuelling stations opened worldwide, increasing the total number to 175. This is the result of an annual assessment by, a website of the hydrogen and fuel-cell internet portal of TÜV SÜD and Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST). Another 108 refuelling stations are currently in the planning stage.


In their hydrogen and fuel-cell portal, TÜV SÜD and LBST offer extensive information and services for interested members of the public and professional users. "The website features interactive maps showing all hydrogen refuelling stations currently in operation or planning worldwide", says Matthias Altmann, Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik. "In 2008, the map of Germany showed a total of 21 hydrogen refuelling stations, with another 12 stations to be added by 2010."Throughout Europe – including Germany – the number of refuelling stations increased by seven to its present number of 49, and rose by eight in North America to total 84. "The global increase in the number of hydrogen refuelling stations can be regarded as an indication that the industry is preparing for the market launch of vehicles powered by hydrogen or fuel cells", says Altmann In addition to, the hydrogen and fuel-cell internet portal also includes the website, which offers an overview of hydrogen vehicles, the newsletter, in-depth technical information and a guide through standards and regulations. "The internet-based database is updated on an ongoing basis and free for non-commercial use", explains LBST expert Altmann. "We also offer more in-depth data and targeted data analysis for our commercial clients."

TÜV SÜD's and LBST's shared hydrogen and fuel-cell internet portal can be found at



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