UK based NanoSUN, a developer of hydrogen distribution solutions, today announced the completion of its first Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Station (HRS), as they prepare to launch field trials across the UK.
NanoSUN’s mobile Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Station is recognised as a key element in a centralised hydrogen production and local distribution model for building a hydrogen fuel infrastructure for transportation. The Pioneer’s transportable ability, inherent reliability and low-cost offering delivers the ideal solution for in-field and mobile refuelling, presenting a vital steppingstone to enabling the economic rapid deployment of the hydrogen ecosystem.
Transport accounts for around a third of all UK carbon dioxide emissions, with a large majority of these emissions deriving from automotive vehicles. Hydrogen is envisaged as a significant element of the future fuel mix for transport, enhancing energy security, reducing oil dependency, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. Hydrogen allows a wide diversification of energy sources and contributes strongly to mitigating climate change – especially when produced by renewable primary energy sources.
The automotive industry is actively developing hydrogen-fuelled transport including vehicles such as cars, buses, trucks and forklifts but the refuelling industry has not kept pace. There are only ~120 hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) across Europe and current designs are costly and slow to deploy. These challenges are a strong barrier to hydrogen fleet introductions.
In NanoSUN’s vision for future vehicle hydrogen refuelling, the necessary complex chemical engineering operations happen at large scale in centralised hydrogen production plants, where they are most efficient. High pressure hydrogen fuel is then filled into Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Stations and transported to the point of use, where it is dispensed directly into hydrogen vehicles. Better! Simpler! Cheaper!
Ready for active service, the first Pioneer has now rolled off the production line and is set for its initial deployment. Following efficient production, the large-scale hydrogen refueller has met all the necessary Type Approvals against the Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive (TPED) and the Accord Dangereux Routier (ADR) treaty, along with all commissioning successfully being carried out.
Throughout 2021 the Pioneer HRS will be utilised in a number of different deployments. It will demonstrate a fully integrated hydrogen storage, transportation and dispensing solution for a range of different end user transportation requirements.
NanoSUN CEO, Dean O’Connor commented, “Completing our first Pioneer marks an important milestone in the development of the Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Station. Our solution enables multiple hydrogen sources and multiple hydrogen users to establish and scale quickly, matching hydrogen demand and supply. We look forward to showing what the Pioneer can deliver and to the next step to scale the commercial applications.”
A great advantage of the Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Station is its value chain. Ensuring low-cost production of hydrogen, rapid distribution to the end user and simple consumption, the Pioneer facilitates a range of applications from simply refuelling small vehicle fleets to acting as a reliable back-up solution, whilst also offering a much needed, low-cost interim answer to costly fixed Hydrogen Refuelling Stations until the point that sufficient scale is reached, and a fixed HRS is needed.
Looking ahead, NanSUN’s mobile Pioneer Hydrogen Refuelling Station addresses the challenges faced within hydrogen refuelling and assists in facilitating hydrogen as the core replacement to fossil fuel. In a world where reducing carbon emissions from road transport and accomplishing a net-zero future is paramount, the Pioneer looks to be a crucial step forward within the transportation industry.
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