Hydrogen as a key future technology

BMW:Hydrogen as a key future technology

Leipzig. The BMW Group has clear goals for effective
climate protection and sustainable mobility up to the year 2030 – and
products and production are affected.

“Our solution to the challenges of environmental policy is
technological innovation. Technology is where the key to the future
lies – and it’s our constructive response for climate protection,”
said Hans-Peter Kemser, Director of BMW Group Plant Leipzig. As a
green plant, Leipzig aims not only to be carbon-neutral but also to
operate carbon-free production. “Our vision is to fully decarbonise
production by replacing fossil fuels with future fuels in the shape of
green hydrogen,” he added.

And that’s why Hans-Peter Kemser was all the more delighted to host
the Central German Hydrogen Summit, which took place at BMW Group
Plant Leipzig today. In attendance were Michael Kretschmer, Minister
President of the Free State of Saxony, Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister
President of the state of Sachsen-Anhalt, Henry Graichen, County
Commissioner of the Leipzig District, Kai Emanuel, County Commissioner
of Nordsachsen, Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of Leipzig, and Egbert
Geier, Mayor of Halle, along with numerous guests from business,
politics, administration and academia taking part in discussions at
the plant. The event was streamed live, with speakers exploring
application and investment plans as well as the establishment by 2030
of a full-coverage hydrogen infrastructure for the Halle and Leipzig region.

In his welcome speech, Hans-Peter Kemser listed the three main
challenges of using green hydrogen: how to ensure sufficient supplies
for the plant, which technologies exist or need developing to enable
the use of hydrogen, and how to remain profitable despite the current
high cost of green hydrogen. All three points are currently being
investigated and assessed with partners from politics and business.

In a first step, hydrogen is already being used in logistics to power
tractors and forklifts carrying required parts to the assembly
lines. The first such vehicles went into service back in 2013, and
Plant Leipzig now operates 81 in total. With a further 37 to be added
shortly, Plant Leipzig will have the largest hydrogen-powered
logistics fleet in Germany. Like conventionally powered vehicles, the
hydrogen fleet has the great advantage of being very quick to refuel –
and the filling stations take up little space.

The Hydrogen Summit also provided the backdrop for BMW Group Plant
Leipzig to inaugurate its fourth on-site hydrogen filling station. The
first went on stream in 2013 in the BMW i bodyshop and was the only
indoor H2 refuelling station in Germany at the time. Two
more followed in 2018, and a fourth is now also set to supply the
steadily rising number of hydrogen vehicles. About 50 kg of hydrogen
are put into their tanks every day – all of it certified green since
day one.

BMW Group Plant Leipzig has always been planned as a “green plant”
and has set standards in sustainability in many areas, from production
of the electric BMW i3 and BMW i8 to the site’s four wind turbines and
battery farm, and the hydrogen-powered vehicles operating in
intralogistics. A holistic approach to advancing sustainability has
been the goal throughout.

BMW i3 (fuel consumption combined: 0.0 l/100 km; electricity
consumption combined: 13.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)

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