The Linde Group will demonstrate its hydrogen capabilities in London over the next three days as a global partner at the Shell Eco-marathon for the sixth consecutive year.
Shell Eco-marathon is a competition that challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy efficient vehicle. Linde supports the event by supplying hydrogen (H2) and technical support to the 33 teams who have decided to build fuel cell-powered vehicles.
This year’s European leg, being held 30 June – 3 July at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, comes as the UK shows further willingness to embrace H2 fuelling technology. Last month, the government launched a GBP 2 million investment to encourage businesses to switch to H2-fuelled vehicles and follows the decision to expand London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone.
“Hydrogen technology is a game-changing opportunity for sustainable energy and mobility solutions,” said Dr Christian Bruch, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. “From the design, construction and operation of hydrogen plants to the development of advanced distribution and compression technologies, Linde is a pioneer and one-stop shop for all hydrogen-related processes.”
Hydrogen for transportation
Hydrogen can be produced from a variety of primary energy sources, including renewables. When used in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), the only by-product is water. Apart from avoiding harmful emissions, FCEVs are also able to be filled in as little as three minutes and can drive approximately 300 miles before refuelling.
Linde has more than 100 years of experience working with hydrogen, including extensive research and development in its use as a clean fuel for the past 25 years. The company is a leader in H2 refuelling technology and has so far built more than 100 H2 stations in 15 countries. It has also recently formed Linde Hydrogen Concepts, its subsidiary to operate the innovative car sharing brand “BeeZero” in Munich – the only one worldwide using exclusively FCEVs.
Besides cars, H2 has the potential to power a range of other applications too:
Hydrogen is also being utilised in public transportation.
• Linde provides H2 for a number of bus fleets and has partnered with First Bus in Aberdeen to provide H2 to the UK’s largest fuelling station to power Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleet.
• In North America, Linde provides H2 as well as fuelling technology for San Francisco’s main bus operator, AC Transit.
Hydrogen can also power vehicles on an industrial scale. Linde has equipped the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina to regularly fuel more than 380 fuel cell material handling vehicles from 14 H2 dispensers. The refuelling time is the same as for cars, just 3 minutes.
Hydrogen for mobile electricity generation:
Linde has developed the world’s first commercially-viable, zero-emission, H2 fuel cell generator. HYMERA provides up to 175 watts of power producing electricity from the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen from the air and is an environmentally-friendly alternative to small petrol and diesel generators or large battery banks. The portable HYMERA generator supports a wide range of commercial and industrial off-grid applications such as task lighting (e.g. for railway and tunnel maintenance work) and security cameras.
Working with the industry, Linde has participated in a number of partner projects around the world including Energiepark Mainz, the largest green H2 production plant in the world, using renewable energy, e.g. wind power, to create hydrogen gas via electrolysis. The company also uses biogas as feedstock with the goal to increase its share of renewable H2.
Linde and Shell have been long-standing partners in the Clean Energy Partnership initiative and the H2 MOBILITY joint venture, both designed to promote H2 infrastructure development in Germany and across Europe. Linde also provides its technology to a network of public H2 fuelling facilities in California, Japan and elsewhere across the globe.
About The Linde Group
In the 2015 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 17.944 bn, making it one of the leading gases and engineering companies in the world, with approximately 65,000 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 sustainable development.
For more information, see The Linde Group online at www.linde.com.
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