NEL Hydrogen is a Norwegian company that has created the P60 electrolyzer for H2 production. Some of the key uses of the P60 include power to gas, hydrogen fueling stations and industrial applications.
I would like to talk about the first two uses of the NEL P60. In regard to power to gas the P60 can use renewable energy along with an alkaline water supply (KOH) to produce hydrogen. Most electrolyzers tied to wind turbines do not adapt well to rapidly changing power input. But the P60 does adapt well as it can ramp production down to 10-percent capacity.
In regard to use as a hydrogen fueling station, the NEL P60 is a good solution since it can be delivered in a container (such as that pictured above). It can also be skid-mounted for customers who would like to install the unit indoors.
According to the company, “NEL P 60’s uniqe state of the art features give significant advantages for the hydrogen fuelling market. A complete 60 Nm3/hr (130 kg/day) plant including all auxiliaries can be supplied as a turn-key compact 20 foot container solution. The flexibility in operation will provide a key benefit for these stations where hydrogen production will vary widely depending on hydrogen demand from the station. Test and demonstration plants of NEL P 60 have been in operation at hydrogen fuelling stations in Norway and Germany for several years, ensuring that the specific requirements for this application are met to full satisfaction.”
So, there you have it, a mobile hydrogen fueling solution that provides a great deal of flexibility. A mobile H2 station such as this could be added to some existing gasoline stations that have the space without the overhead of building a whole new station (with convenience store, tire pumps, mechanics and car wash).
In addition, a mobile H2 refueler such as this could be added to large parking lots at malls and wholesale discount clubs (some of which already have gas stations), car dealerships, convenience stores without gas stations and many other locations.
The emerging hydrogen refueling infrastructure doesn’t have to mimic the 168,000 gasoline station infrastructure nationwide (fueleconomy.gov 2004). Mobile refuelers such as the NEL P60 give us the potential to put up far fewer stations, at far less cost and with more flexibility than most naysayers would grudgingly concede.