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First Assembly Line Produced Hydrogen Fueling Stations Are Here

In Vienna, Austria the Linde Group has opened the world’s first small-series production facility for building hydrogen fueling stations. Now that Hyundai has built the first assembly line produced fuel cell vehicle in Japan with others to follow, it makes sense that hydrogen fueling stations should also be built with economies of scale in mind.

According to Linde, “Highlights of the new small-series production concept include a high degree of standardisation across all components, which are installed in a compact 14-foot container for ease of transport and integration in existing fuelling stations.

“The expansion of production capacity in Vienna to 50 units a year dovetails with the introduction of the first series-produced fuel-cell cars by leading manufacturers such as Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Daimler between 2014 and 2017. Experts predict that tens of thousands of fuel-cell cars will be travelling Europe’s roads by 2018.”

One of the main features of Linde’s hydrogen fueling station is the energy-efficient, compact ionic compressor, also called the IC 90. This device is not a traditional piston operated compressor but rather it works with liquid salts instead. The IC 90 can deliver compressed hydrogen gas up to 14,500 psi and it meets all current safety standards.

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5 comments

  1. This is awesome, can’t wait to drive one ! And change the world. forever.

  2. A major milestone. Its time to put an end to the infrastructure hurdle.

    I hope they are including the latest fast fueling technology, like Honda’s MC Fill:

    http://www.honda.com/newsandviews/article.aspx?id=7635-en

  3. dear readers,
    in Vienna there is only 1 (one) station for hydrogen fueling (from OMV). simply because there are NO cars at all which are using a FC car in whole Austria (exept in university).

    government is supporting electric charging stations, currently at a radius of every 50 km

  4. … and thats good for many reasons:

    1) 95 percent of worldwide hydrogen is made from natural gas drying = fossil energy = DIRTY

    2) transportation & storing (350 to 700 bars) is highly inefficient: diffusion at metal tanks is also insecure – in europe FC cars are forbidden in garages

    3) fact: cost of a 100% EV car & batteries are going down 15% every year.

    by 2019/20 the battery pack of a car is 3x more efficient than today, meaning range is 400-500 km min. and charging takes 30 min for that.

    4) question: why would anyone buy a FC car for more $$ and less range + DIRTY TECHNOLOGY ?

    5) dont believe me. just ask your teacher @ high school or university

  5. Hydro Kevin

    Well, this statement: “by 2019/20 the battery pack of a car is 3x more efficient than today, meaning range is 400-500 km min. and charging takes 30 min for that.” is only conjecture and not fact. It’s really difficult to argue the future. My hope is that both BEVs and FCVs take over the planet sooner rather than later.

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