Last week I talked about ITM Power’s new HFuel portable hydrogen refueling station as potentially being a game changer in regard to quickly and easily rolling out hydrogen infrastructure as needed and where needed.
This week, specialty gas manufacturer Air Products has also announced their spin on a new kind of hydrogen fueling station that could be another game changer as well. The part about the new Air Products H2 pump that is unique and will drive the cost of manufacturing the unit down is that this will be a “compression-less hydrogen fueling station”. Compression of hydrogen as you know takes a lot of energy and an H2 compressor is one of the most expensive parts of a hydrogen fueling station.
According to Air Products, “The key to the cost effective ‘compression-less hydrogen fueling station’ is a composite pressure vessel (CPV) trailer. The CPV trailer is connected directly to the fuel dispensing unit, making the delivery vehicle an integrated part of the fueling station. The proprietary and certified CPVs are an industry advancement and allow for gaseous hydrogen delivery in greater quantities depending on hydrogen demand. The CPV concept transports hydrogen for fueling at well over 350 bar/5,000 psi and, importantly, can be reliably increased at a station for 700 bar/10,000 psi hydrogen vehicles with greater flexibility and at lesser cost through this advancement.”
According to Ed Kiczek, global director of Air Products, “This new, low cost concept is game changing technology. It allows hydrogen fueling to be placed on most existing gasoline forecourts thus potentially eliminating the infrastructure issue. CPV hydrogen delivery becomes more similar to traditional fuels and can mirror the gasoline model. Decreased cost factors including infrastructure, delivery and dispensing of gaseous hydrogen will lower the price tag for hydrogen as an alternative fuel and make it competitive with traditional fuels.”
The price of hydrogen fuel at the pump and consumer acceptance of the new technology will be two key factors driving whether or not the ITM HFUEL system of the one developed by Air Products will succeed. With any luck, both methods will succeed and prosper and we all will benefit.