World's first CO2-neutral filling station at Berlin Brandenburg International Airport BBI04.03.2010
This intelligent and hitherto unique combination of alternative energy and mobility concepts was presented to the public for the first time today by the chief executive officers of the participating companies together with the Minister-President of the State of Brandenburg, Matthias Platzeck, the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Development, Rainer Bomba, and the Berlin Senator for Economics, Technology, and Women’s Issues, Harald Wolf. The start of construction work for the filling station with the attached wind farm is planned for June 2011, and it is expected to enter service in October 2011.
Minister-President Platzeck called the CO2-neutral filling station an environmental project that points the way ahead and an important contribution to the realisation of Brandenburg’s energy strategy. He went on to say this showed that renewable energies offered good opportunities for the economy and for the environment. The minister-president was of the opinion that the project had the potential for success because the conditions at the future Berlin Brandenburg International Airport BBI were optimal. The BBI thus already today proved once again it was a force of innovation, he said. “‘From Schönefeld out into the world’ not only applies to the aircraft that will soon be taking off from here but also to the ideas on the ground that are pointing the way ahead,” said Mr. Platzeck.
State Secretary Bomba said, “This filling station is a prime example of the successful implementation of our transport policy objectives. Here, not only what exits the exhaust pipe is clean, but also what flows into the engine. Only in this way can we come closer to our goal of zero emissions vehicles. Today we are at a turning point in transportation. This is both a challenge and an opportunity. I am convinced Germany can become a leading market for electric mobility. We are already well on the way to achieving this in the area of hydrogen cell and fuel cell technologies.” Mr. Bomba went on to say the Federal Ministry of Transport had launched two big programmes to promote electric mobility involving batteries as well as hydrogen cells and fuel cells. Together with industry, the federal government was making around two billion euros available, explained the state secretary. “If we want to stay globally competitive in the future, we must already back environmentally-friendly technologies now. This project is groundbreaking. The insights that we gain at the future BBI Airport can in future also be applied to logistics centres, trade fairs, and train stations,” he added.
Gaseous hydrogen will be provided at the TOTAL filling station at 350 and 700 bar. The hydrogen will be produced using an electrolyser supplied with wind power from ENERTRAG’s yet to be built wind farm. This ensures that the hydrogen is produced in a fully sustainable way, which is a fundamental requirement in order for hydrogen to establish itself as a fuel. Harald Wolf, Berlin Senator for Economics, Technology, and Women’s Issues, explains, “Climate change and resource scarcity call for new mobility concepts: hydrogen technology has a lot going for it. Berlin is playing a pioneering role in testing it. Within the context of the Clean Energy Partnership, Berlin’s public transport operator BVG has been operating hydrogen-powered buses in the public transport system for many years now. Innovative technologies are continuing to strengthen Berlin’s top position as Germany’s capital of the green economy and are creating sustained growth and skilled jobs.”
Hans-Christian Gützkow, Managing Director of TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, believes the filling station sets new standards in many respects: “The TOTAL filling station will be the first filling station in the world to be completely CO2 neutral. With the CO2-free generation of wind power, we are, for instance, completely compensating for the emissions of the fossil fuels dispensed at the filling station. In addition to this, we are offering a broad range of environmentally-friendly fuels: from wind-hydrogen to charging stations for electric cars to petrol and diesel with a bio component. Furthermore, with our partner EWE we shall be selling natural gas that contains a biogas component. The combination comprising the production of renewable energies and a conventional filling station with alternative fuels and intelligent heating systems will make this filling station unique in the world.”
Werner Diwald, director at ENERTRAG AG, elucidated the aspect of the filling station’s positive carbon footprint: “Approximately 170,000 tonnes of CO2 a year will be prevented through our wind farm. That will more than offset the 40,000 to 50,000 tonnes of CO2 that arise from the combustion of the conventional fuel sold at the filling station.” Furthermore, through the combination of wind power and hydrogen, it will be possible to gain valuable practical experience with the utilisation of hydrogen as an energy store for the increased integration of wind power in the grid. The wind farm built by ENERTRAG in the immediate vicinity of the filling station will comprise 40 wind turbines and will have an annual output of 200 GW/h. Wind power that is not used to supply the filling station with electricity or for producing hydrogen will not be lost but will be fed into the public electricity grid.
For the region around the German capital, the BBI is the most important project for the future. The concentration of Berlin’s air traffic at just one site presents a positive overall ecological impact in terms of land usage as well as noise pollution and traffic load. With the closure of the existing airports in Tegel and Schönefeld, and the new energy-efficient building at Berlin Brandenburg International Airport as well as the conversion of the power generation system (utilisation of highly innovative heat recovery systems and integration of renewable energy systems), the CO2 emissions resulting from the supply of the infrastructure can be reduced by 48 percent: from 74,600 tonnes a year (2007) to 38,700 tonnes per year. The CO2-neutral TOTAL filling station forms a bridge between innovations. “Energy efficiency and sustainability are the environmental policy objectives that Berlin Airports is pursuing when building the new BBI Airport. The realisation of the wind-hydrogen project is an important building block for achieving these goals,” explains Professor Rainer Schwarz, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin Airports. When bringing the BBI into service, Berlin Airports is planning the introduction of ecological fleet management (air-side/land-side) and intents to use alternative drive systems in the airport’s own vehicle fleet. Utilisation of a combination of E-Gas and hydrogen technology will be striven for. Particularly also when it comes to the acquisition of new VIP shuttles will alternative drive systems be considered.
Öffentlichkeit für Zukunftstechnologien! “Energie im Wandel” (Publicity for technologies of the future! “Energy in a state of change”), the Germany-wide information campaign for hydrogen cell and fuel cell technologies, welcomes the press conference held by Berlin Airports, ENERTRAG, and TOTAL Deutschland on the world’s first CO2-neutral filling station. Find out more at www.energieimwandel.de.