• 16-JUL-2014

  • SOURCE: The Linde Group

Linde starts small-series production for Hydrogen Fuelling Stations

Technology company The Linde Group continues to advance the introduction of hydrogen as a fuel: 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."

Available content includes an edited package in English and German and the full press release in English.