Linde AG: Leading industrial companies agree on an action plan for the construction of a hydrogen refuelling network in Germany

  Linde AG: Leading industrial companies agree on an action plan for the
  construction of a hydrogen refuelling network in Germany (news with
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Initiative 'H2 Mobility'

- Hydrogen refuelling network to grow to about 400 filling stations by 2023

- Precondition for the market success of fuel cell-powered electric vehicles
initiated

- Overall investment of around EUR 350 m planned

- Development plan represents the benchmark at international level

Business Wire

MUNICH & STUTTGART, Germany -- September 30, 2013

The six partners in the 'H2 Mobility' initiative - Air Liquide, Daimler,
Linde, OMV, Shell and Total - have set up upon a specific action plan for the
construction of a nationwide hydrogen refuelling network for fuel cell-powered
electric vehicles. By the year 2023 the current network of 15 filling stations
in Germany's public hydrogen infrastructure shall be expanded to about 400 H2
filling stations. As a first step the deployment of 100 hydrogen stations in
Germany over the next four years is intended. This would ensure a need-related
supply for fuel cell-powered electric vehicles to be introduced into the
market in the next years. An agreement in principle has been signed by
representatives of all the partners involved.

In addition to plans for a nationwide filling station network, the agreement
includes the principles for the procurement and distribution of the necessary
hydrogen and a request for support to the German Federal Government. Following
the foundation of a joint venture (subject to necessary regulatory approvals),
gradual expansion of the national filling station network will commence next
year. This means that an H2 supply suitable for everyday use shall be created
not only for densely populated areas and main traffic arteries, but also for
rural areas. The objective is to offer an H2 station at least every 90
kilometres of motorway between densely populated areas. According to this
plan, there will be at least 10 hydrogen refuelling stations available in each
metropolitan area from 2023. Thus zero tailpipe-emission H2 mobility is
becoming increasingly attractive for customers. The 'H2 Mobility' initiative
expects that a total investment of around EUR 350 m will be required for this
future-oriented infrastructure project.

The launch of fuel cell-powered production vehicles on the German market has
been announced by first manufacturers for 2015. In addition to attractive
procurement and operating costs for the vehicles, a need-related number of H2
filling stations is one of the major preconditions for market success.
Accordingly, the planned 'H2 Mobility' joint venture will work closely with
the automobile industry.

Particularly in view of the high costs of such innovative technology, advances
in hydrogen and fuel cell technology are at least as important. Continuation
of the innovation and research activities in this field which are envisaged in
the mobility and fuel strategy of the German Federal Government plays a
decisive role in this respect. In particular the continuation of the 'National
Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology' (NIP) represents
the necessary support for the market establishment.

Fuel cell-powered electric vehicles can make a considerable contribution to
establishing Germany as the lead market for sustainable mobility solutions and
efficient technologies. This is because the great advantage of this drive
technology lies in the significant reduction of CO2 emissions. This innovative
technology also offers great potential for strengthening Germany as an
industrial location. The challenges associated with such a system change aimed
at a zero-emission transport sector were already addressed at a very early
stage with the formation of the inter-industry 'H2 Mobility' initiative in
Berlin in 2009.

The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) with its members* and others** welcome the
infrastructure development. With the support of the Federal Government the CEP
tests fuel cell electric vehicles and their refuelling. The interface to the
Federal Government in both cases is the National Organization for Hydrogen and
Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).

* Members of the CEP are Air Liquide, BMW, Daimler, EnBW, Ford, GM/Opel,
Hamburger Hochbahn, Honda, Hyundai, Linde, Shell, Siemens, Total, Toyota,
Vattenfall Europe and Volkswagen.

** Nissan and Intelligent Energy

Statements of the partners involved:

Professor Dr Wolfgang Reitzle, Chief Executive Officer of Linde AG: 'Linde has
been a pioneer in the further development of hydrogen technology for many
years. Especially with respect to the series production of hydrogen refuelling
stations, we have achieved major advances over the last few years. The time is
now right to roll out this environmentally friendly technology on a nationwide
basis.'

Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG,
Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development: 'Hydrogen is the most common
element in the Universe. However, filling stations for this environmentally
friendly alternative fuel are still scarce. The 'H2 Mobility' initiative wants
to change this. By 2023 there should be more hydrogen filling stations in
Germany, than there are conventional petrol stations along the Autobahns
today. With this, we create step by step a comprehensive infrastructure for
the everyday use of fuel cell technology.'

Thomas Pfützenreuter, Managing Director of AIR LIQUIDE Deutschland GmbH: 'The
signature of this agreement is a decisive step towards the construction of a
network of hydrogen stations in Germany. Air Liquide is proud to take an
active part in the German 'H2 Mobility' initiative which aims to substantially
contribute to the national ambitious objectives for electro-mobility. As an
expert of the entire hydrogen energy chain including production and hydrogen
filling stations, Air Liquide is actively involved in allowing the widespread
use of hydrogen as a clean energy source. Hydrogen energy is an innovative
solution that offers a response in the short-term to the challenges of
sustainable mobility thus contributing to the preservation of the
environment.'

Dr Gerhard Roiss, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV AG:
'Achieving the EU's Energy Roadmap goals will only be possible with innovative
new technologies. Hydrogen is set to also play a key role in the way we get
around in the future. Setting up the infrastructure for hydrogen filling
stations is our contribution to a future of emission-free motoring.'

Peter Blauwhoff, Chief Executive Officer, German Shell Holding: 'Shell already
operates a network of hydrogen filling stations based on the very latest
technology in Germany and California - including the world's largest H2
filling station in Berlin. Following the foundation of the joint venture,
Shell will play a significant role in the development of the future H2 retail
station network in Germany. Hydrogen is an important component for the
mobility of the future.'

Hans-Christian Gützkow, Chairman of TOTAL Germany: 'Out of the 15 hydrogen
refuelling stations existing in Germany today, we already run five - another
TOTAL multi-energy-station will start running nearby Berlin's future airport
until the end of the year. We will continue contributing to the
infrastructure's expansion! TOTAL reinforces its pioneering role whilst
building up the hydrogen network in Germany and in terms of research when it
comes to produce green hydrogen from renewable sources!'

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around
62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial
year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn. The strategy of the Group is
geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its
international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts
responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society
and the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and
locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and
products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

Under the 'Clean Technology by Linde' label, the company offers a wide range
of products and technologies that help to render renewable energy sources
financially viable, and significantly slow down the depletion of fossil
resources or reduce the level of CO2 emitted. This ranges from specialty gases
for solar module manufacturing, industrial-scale CO2 separation and
application technologies to alternative fuels and energy carriers such as
liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen.

For more information go to http://www.linde.com/cleantechnology

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Contact:

Linde AG
Stefan Metz
Telephone: +49/89/35 75 71 322
Email: stefan.metz@linde.com
Daimler AG
Koert Groeneveld
Telephone: +49/711/17 93 211
Email: koert.groeneveld@daimler.com
Air Liquide Deutschland GmbH
Andrea Feige
Telephone: +49/211/66 99 264
Email: andrea.feige@airliquide.com
NOW Nationale Organisation Wasserstoff - und Brennstoffzellentechnologie
Tilman Wilhelm
Telephone: +49/30/31 16 11 615
Email: tilman.wilhelm@now-gmbh.de
OMV
Johannes Vetter
Telephone: +43/14 04 40 22 729
Email: Johannes.vetter@omv.com
Shell
Axel Pommeränke
Telephone: +49/40/63 24 56 44
Email: axel.pommeraenke@shell.com
Total Deutschland GmbH
Manuel Fuchs
Telephone: +49/30/20 27 62 23
Email: manuel.fuchs@total.de
 
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