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Thursday, June 18, 2009
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Daimler, Linde and OMV Unveil The Stuttgart Hydrogen Filling Station

STUTTGART, GERMANY - On the quest towards zero emissions transportation, Daimler (Mercedes-Benz), Linde, OMV and the State of Baden-Wurtewmberg in Germany announced their cooperative effort on hydrogen filling stations with the opening of OMV's Stuttgart Airport Hydrogen Filling Station in Germany (see photo). It was also an opportunity for Daimler to show off their new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car that utilizes their 700-bar high pressure hydrogen storage technology. Mercedes-Benz will start selling the new B-Class Hydrogen model later this year (2009) as a limited production model.

The supply of hydrogen for the new OMV filling station will come from Linde AG, a large international gas supplier, and the Stuttgart filling station fits well with Linde's own future hydrogen business strategy for supplying energy to the sustainable transportation industry. Linde AG was actually a pioneer of hydrogen production and today are the largest manufacturer of hydrogen producing facilities.

For Daimler's Mercedes-Benz the availability of a hydrogen filling infrastructure in Germany with their venture partners Linde and OMV, allows them to develop more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to support their own strategy to be the leader in development technology for zero emissions transportation vehicles. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management for Daimler AG said that since 1994, the Daimler Group have invested more than EUR 1 billion in fuel cell development and have tested over 100 prototype vehicles of various designs.

The hydrogen gas when used in the fuel cell engine creates electricity with a by-product of just water, so the manufacturing of hydrogen through zero emissions sources like solar and wind energy can create very sustainable transportation. Producing hydrogen with low impact to the environment opens up new avenues for large-scale solar thermal production manufacture in places like the Middle East and in high solar regions within the United States like in Nevada and Arizona. Hydrogen will probably be one of a variety of energy sources used in the near future to minimize the current destructive effects to the world environment.

The new 2010 B-Class Hydrogen F-CELL will follow Honda's FCX Clarity as the second production version of a fuel cell car worldwide, and possibly become the first ever production vehicle that can be purchased, as the Honda FCX Clarity is a lease model.

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