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Linde AG: Linde starts small-series production for hydrogen fuelling stations (news with additional features)
|By Business Wire
|July 14, 2014 06:50 AM EDT
Technology company The Linde Group continues to advance the introduction
of hydrogen as a fuel: Today the company officially opened the world's
first small-series production facility for hydrogen fuelling stations in
Vienna. Many prominent and international guests attended the event,
including the Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology,
Doris Bures, and the German Ambassador to Vienna, Detlev Rünger. Linde's
Vienna Application Centre was extensively modernised and expanded
specifically for this project. Many ground-breaking hydrogen fuelling
innovations have originated from this research and development hub in
Vienna in recent years. These include Linde's energy-efficient, compact
ionic compressor, the IC 90.
"The successful commercialisation of fuel-cell cars hinges on a
sufficiently widespread hydrogen infrastructure," explains Professor Dr
Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. "The
development of small-series production capabilities is a key milestone
on this journey. It gives us the flexibility we need to meet rising
demand in different markets. Our standard agreement with Iwatani shows
that we are on the right path along with our partners."
At the opening ceremony, Linde and Iwatani Corporation announced that
both companies had closed a deal for the delivery of 28 hydrogen
fuelling stations with ionic compressors. The first of these units went
on stream today in Amagasaki near Osaka, Japan. Akiji Makino, CEO of
Iwatani Corporation, comments: "Iwatani would like to contribute to the
development of Japan's hydrogen energy infrastructure by building on
highly advanced ionic compressor technology from Linde."
The Austrian Minister Bures had the following to say: "I am proud to see
that Austrian engineering is making a valuable contribution to the
advancement of hydrogen technology. This new opening is an important
development on several counts. Not only is it the first small-series
production facility of its kind worldwide, it also exemplifies how
research and technology development work can feed directly into
production and the creation of new jobs. In a nutshell, it pays to
invest in the future."
Dr Gerhard Roiss, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV AG, is
equally enthusiastic: "In order to effectively transition to cleaner
sources of energy, we now need second-generation renewable innovations,
and not first-generation subsidies. And this is exactly what OMV is
focusing on. The success of tomorrow's mobility solutions hinges on
close cross-industry collaboration. And this project is a prime example
of how this can work. This first series production facility for hydrogen
fuelling stations marks an important milestone on our way towards the
widespread use of hydrogen-powered vehicles."
Unlike conventional piston-operated compressors, Linde's IC 90 works
with liquid salts. Because these ionic liquids do not have a vapour
pressure, they do not evaporate or mix with the hydrogen gas. They also
eliminate mechanical wear-and-tear and sealing problems inside the
cylinders. In addition, the IC 90 increases energy efficiency. Equipped
with a sophisticated safety system and remote diagnosis and maintenance
capabilities, the IC 90 meets all fuelling standards to ensure safe,
silent fuelling and can achieve a pressure of 1,000 bar (14,500 psi) if
required. With this compressor, technology leader Linde has made a
valuable and key contribution to the ongoing enhancement of today's
hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.
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.
In the 2013 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR
16.655 bn, making it the largest gases and engineering company in the
world with approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100
countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards
long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its
international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde
acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees,
society and the environment - in every one of its business areas,
regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to
technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and
Under the "Clean Technology by Linde" label, the company offers a wide
range of products and technologies that help to render renewable energy
sources financially viable, and significantly slow down the depletion of
fossil resources or reduce the level of CO2 emitted. This ranges from
specialty gases for solar module manufacturing, industrial-scale CO2
separation and application technologies to alternative fuels and energy
carriers such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen.
For more information go to http://www.linde.com/cleantechnology.
completely assembled compressor station with Linde IC 90 / fertig
montierte Verdichterstation mit Linde IC 90 Kompressor
Company: Linde AG
Klosterhofstraße 1 80331 München Germany
E-mail: [email protected]
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