turning the German public hydrogen refuelling infrastructure into the second largest globally with 45 public stations, ahead of the USA (40 stations) and only surpassed by Japan with 91 public stations. A total of 64 stations were opened worldwide in the past year. This is the result of the tenth annual assessment by H2stations.org, a website of Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik (LBST) and TÜV SÜD.
At the end of 2017, there were 56 hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany, of which 45 are publicly accessible (or with previous notice). The German network of public refuelling stations has doubled in the past year. By 2019, this number is expected to grow to 100 refuelling stations. Exact planning has already started for 31 dedicated locations. This makes Germany, ahead of the USA, the country with the second largest hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, only surpassed by Japan. When looking at the number of hydrogen refuelling stations per inhabitant, Germany ranks fourth behind Denmark, Norway, and Japan, closely followed by Austria.