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Opel HydroGen4 Gets First Wind-Sourced Hydrogen Fuel

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Opel HydroGen4 Gets First Wind-Sourced Hydrogen Fuel

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  • Partners TOTAL and ENERTRAG make ‘green’ hydrogen available
  • Pilot project with renewable energy on the streets of Berlin
Press Release
Monday, April 30, 2012 - 3:00pm

(3BL Media) Berlin/Rüsselsheim - April 30, 2012 - An Opel HydroGen4 is the first fuel cell vehicle to use hydrogen sourced from wind power now that longstanding Opel partners TOTAL and ENERTRAG are supplying a Berlin gas station with the “green” hydrogen fuel. Both companies have been testing fuel cell vehicles for everyday use.

The hybrid power station run by ENERTRAG in the Berlin district of Prenzlau is now supplying wind-sourced hydrogen fuel to gas stations owned by TOTAL. Vehicles taking part in the hydrogen fuel Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) supported by the German government will now be powered by the environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel.  

The use of hydrogen in the CEP project that is produced from renewable energy sources is a milestone on the path to emissions-free mobility. Hydrogen is able to store fluctuating renewable energy sources over longer periods that can be produced immediately at wind farms. In that sense, the hydrogen neither causes harmful emissions when it is sourced, nor when it is used as a fuel. The “exhaust” vapors emitted from fuel cell vehicles are only steam from water.