Berlin Airports Begin Fuel Cell Trial
Berlin Brandenburg Aiport (BER), which extends the site of soon-to-be-closed Schönefeld, opens in June 2012, and will replace the city’s two existing airports. It features a Total hydrogen refueling station, with the gas produced using wind energy supplied by Enertrag – both companies are partners of the trial.
BBI general manager Dr Manfred A. Körtgen, commented: ‘We fully intend to develop the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport into the most modern airport in Europe with a leadership role in environmental and resources protection.
‘Of course the same is true for the use of alternative propulsion in the airport vehicle fleet. Our cooperation with Opel and the long term trial of the hydrogen vehicle HydroGen4 give us a great opportunity to test this modern and environmentally-friendly form of propulsion for its everyday suitability at the airport.’
It joins a fleet of identical vehicles already on test in Berlin as part of the Clean Energy Partnership. Companies including ADAC, Allianz, Coca-Cola, Hilton and Veolia using the HydroGen4 as part of their fleets, while Opel is gathering this live data to inform its forthcoming production vehicle, due to go on sale in Europe in 2015.
‘The vehicle which has emission free hydrogen propulsion is supposed to give valuable further insights into the everyday suitability of this futuristic technology as part of the Clean Energy Partnership. Now that we have signed up BER as a new partner, we have closed the circle of sustainable mobility,’ said Hoff.