Berlin Airports test the Opel fuel cell car13.12.2011
According to Dr. Manfred A. Körtgen, Director Operations/BBI at Berlin Airports, energy efficiency and sustainability are the environmental goals pursued by Berlin Airports. "That's why we claim that, as Europe's most modern airport, the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport will play a pioneer role in terms of protection of the environment and natural resources", he adds. "It goes without saying that this also applies to the use of alternative drive technologies in the airport's vehicle pool. Co-operation with Opel and long-term testing of the HydroGen4 hydrogen vehicle represent an ideal opportunity for us to test this modern and environmentally-friendly drive concept in terms of its suitability for everyday use at the airport."
Apart from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport which will open in June 2012, companies such as ADAC, Allianz, Axel Springer AG/Bild, Coca-Cola, Enertrag, Hilton, Linde, Pace, Schindler, Total, Veolia, the NH Hotel Berlin Friedrichstraße and institutions such as the Representation of the State of Hesse are also testing hydrogen as a clean fuel of the future in the form of the Opel HydroGen4. This programme is part of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP), a project sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs for demonstrating the suitability for everyday use of hydrogen as a fuel for road traffic and is the largest sponsorship programme of its kind in Europe.
The Opel HydroGen4 is the latest milestone in the fuel cell development work pursued by Opel and General Motors. The fuel cell unit (stack) of the compact SUV comprises 440 cells connected in series in which the energy is generated for a three-phase asynchronous electric motor. The 73 kW/100 hp unit with a torque of 320 Newton metres enables acceleration from zero to 100 in around twelve seconds as well as a top speed of 160 km/h. Three high-pressure tanks made of carbon fibre composite can store up to 4.2 kg of hydrogen – enough for a range of up to 320 kilometres. And thanks to the 700 bar pressure technology co-developed by Opel, it only takes three minutes to fill the tank.