Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp. Develops a Low-Cost, Compact Hydrogen Station

19 Sep 2013

TNSC H2 Station

Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC) has announced that it has developed a low-cost, compact hydrogen station which can supply 70 MPa (700 bar) hydrogen gas to fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

The Hydro Shuttle integrates the dispenser, pre-cooling device, compressor, and storage vessel — the four major devices that comprise hydrogen stations — into a single unit, thereby reducing fabrication and installation costs. TNSC has also lowered the cost and reduced the size of the dispenser and pre-cooling device (able to cool hydrogen down to -40°C). The compressor uses an air-driven booster system while a Type IV CFRP vessel was chosen for the storage vessel (255 liters, 93 MPa). By lowering the cost of each device, TNSC was able to reduce the cost to half that of its previous model.

The packaged hydrogen station is 7 m long, 2 m deep, and 2.6 m tall and can supply up to 300 Nm3 per hour of hydrogen. The refuelling speed is five kilograms in three minutes, and three FCEV can be refuelled consecutively.


Source: TNSC


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