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.