Linde installs 1st hydrogen filling station in Hungary


Linde inaugurated the country's first hydrogen filling station on April 29, at the company's Budapest site, the company tells the Budapest Business Journal.

The ceremony was attended by László Palkovics, Minister of Innovation and Technology, Attila Steiner, State Secretary and István Lepsényi, Head of the National Hydrogen Technology Platform.

Other participants of the hydrogen mobility event are the leaders of Toyota Central Europe Kft., Linde Magyarország Anyagmozgatási Kft. and Kontakt-Elektro Kft.

In addition to the inauguration of the country's first hydrogen filling station, the first domestic test drive of the second generation Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car took place, green hydrogen-powered forklift trucks and a ship were presented.

Linde says that it is the only company globally to cover the full spectrum of provides the entire hydrogen value chain from production and processing, storage and distribution to everyday industrial and consumer use.

Zero carbon green hydrogen plays a key role in the gradual transition to a more sustainable energy economy as it has the potential to decarbonize many sectors of the global economy. Hydrogen is a zero-emission fuel source for trains, buses, trucks, cars, forklifts, and ships, among others. Linde has installed over 200 hydrogen fueling stations and 80 hydrogen electrolysis plants worldwide and operates a large hydrogen pipeline network of approximately 1,000 kilometers.

At the ceremony, Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics emphasized that "the Hungarian future is national, high-tech and green. We consider those actions acceptable that serve Hungarian interests in the long term, provide modern solutions and are sustainable not only economically but also environmentally. The Hungarian hydrogen strategic vision plays a role in this framework, and the inauguration and test operation of the first hydrogen filling station is an important step in its implementation. Today we are one step closer to our goal of Hungary becoming climate neutral by 2050."

Ákos Hegedüs, managing director of Linde Gáz Magyarország said, "We are proud that Linde is the first company in Hungary to enable the filling of hydrogen-fuelled cars, commercial vehicles and ships. This is a significant milestone in the life of the company and a huge opportunity for Hungarian users."

Andreas X. Müller, head of Linde's Hungarian-Austrian Cluster added, "Linde has more than 100 years of experience in hydrogen production and has been at the forefront of hydrogen technology development for more than 25 years. Being the global leader in the production, processing, storage, and distribution of hydrogen LINDE is currently involved in the implementation and financing of many major hydrogen projects worldwide, building on our proprietary technology ranging from the electrolysis production of green hydrogen to the construction and operation of hydrogen filling stations. As a steward of sustainability and an industry leader in clean hydrogen we are currently also exploring further investment opportunities in Hungary for the large-scale deployment of hydrogen technology."

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