The HydroFLEX also had a starring role at last autumn’s COP26. It took its very first passenger journey at the Climate Change Summit, with special guests using the ‘on-board boardroom’. The culmination of the best in UK engineering, fitted by Luxfer with an impressive 36-cylinder system, each cylinder is 3.2 metres long and holds 7.8kg of hydrogen.
The infrastructure challenge
Since 2018, the hydrogen industry has accelerated. This growth is thanks to the significant funding and investments being pledged by governments and corporations to make green fuels more accessible. This continues to encourage OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to launch an increasing range of hydrogen powered platforms.
While hydrogen has been recognised as one of the cleanest fuels available for some time now, the current challenge is to deploy and scale up the required infrastructure to support the refueling of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Therefore, another innovation, borne from the company’s legacy in bulk gas transport, is making ‘instant infrastructure’ a reality.
Last year, we announced an important partnership between Octopus Hydrogen – a subsidiary of green energy tech pioneer Octopus Energy - and Luxfer to make heavy goods transportation and the aviation industries cleaner and greener.
Using the expertise and proven track record in developing and supplying bulk gas transport solutions from our alternative fuel teams in Australia and North America, we have designed 40ft long units, called Multiple Element Gas Containers (MEGC), which can transport over 1 tonne of hydrogen from the point of production to the point of use.
High pressure gas containment demands the utmost standards of safety and quality, and Luxfer’s proven track record is a key reason why the company is leading the charge with alternative fuel solutions that will help achieve Net Zero.
Nurturing the hydrogen talent of tomorrow
As the hydrogen economy promises to be a critical fuel to reduce our carbon emissions and improve local air quality, I’m proud of the role I am playing along the way.
I became Alternative Fuel Systems General Manager in 2020 and started nurturing and developing our alternative fuel team – bringing in staff at all levels, including several apprentices every year, and equipping them with the skills and understanding to thrive in an industry that is still very new and progressive, is one of my favourite parts of the job.
Looking ahead to the future, we are focused on continuing to bring innovative products, solutions and service to our customers. With a sustained focus on collaborating with our partners and the local community, our growing team will ensure we help make hydrogen an accessible and sustainable clean fuel of today.
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