A model to move hydrogen to suit business need
Across the market, companies are interrogating ways to move hydrogen that would best suit their operation. Two options available are:
- To own assets and move large amounts of hydrogen using a high capacity system, or
- To invest in a supplier who can handle deliveries, transporting smaller quantities of the clean gas across countries, to where it’s needed.
While early demand was for the larger units, due to barriers to access the gas in great quantities, Luxfer was increasingly called upon to help firms who needed to transport smaller volumes of gas.
However, as carbon reduction targets become a central focus for companies, the distribution of smaller quantities could present issues. After all, a 40-foot container is a greener option than a number of trucks clogging up the road network. Ensuring a sustainable operation will need to be on the radar for OEMs – and Luxfer has the knowledge and track record to help in this decision-making.
It’s not clear at this point what route will be taken. Are physical pipelines advantageous, or will virtual pipeline alternatives be better received? With input from companies with a stake in the hydrogen economy, this will be directed by the market and government.
Consultations continue to take place, and at Luxfer we have added our voice to the discussion, as members of the UK HFCA and Hydrogen Europe. In fact, Luxfer’s bulk gas transport experts have submitted their insights to a recent UK Government paper on Hydrogen Transport and Storage Infrastructure, and we will continue to share our position on how hydrogen can pave the way to achieving Net Zero.
Over 30 years of gas storage expertise
While hydrogen is a new and burgeoning area, Luxfer’s industry-leading composite gas storage solutions have been established over 30 years. From lightweight cylinders for self-contained breathing apparatus worn by firefighters, to H2 storage systems for a range of transport projects.
- A collaboration with Netherlands and Belgium-based sustainable vehicle manufacturer E-Trucks Europe to deliver a fleet of zero-emission refuse truck.
- The UK’s first mass-produced hydrogen-electric truck, in a landmark partnership with Tevva Hydrogen Electric Trucks.
Luxfer’s MEGC solutions are recently developed, with the objective to help companies distribute hydrogen across the UK and Europe. The ambition is to create a mass of hydrogen through electrolysers. With local governments providing the funds necessary, Luxfer can support the hydrogen economy – ultimately delivering on our mission to safeguard a clean and energy-efficient environment for all.
Bulk gas transport – the road ahead
While early developments in harnessing hydrogen’s potential pivoted around on-road, there is a significant requirement for Net Zero to utilise clean fuel on our waterways. However, we’re still some way off seeing the first hydrogen cruise liner.
At Luxfer, we have worked on several hydrogen marine applications, such as the world’s first hydrogen-powered Crew Transfer Vessel. Thanks to this track record, we can support companies that want to develop bulk gas transportation for waterways and help them navigate challenges, such as the lack of specific legislation.
High-pressure gas containment demands the utmost standards of safety and quality, which Luxfer can deliver due to its unrivalled technical and engineering expertise.
Looking ahead, other areas of focus for Luxfer include equipping the construction to use hydrogen. It involves use of the clean fuel to operate groundwork vehicles, boosting the sustainability of building projects. Luxfer has the know-how for this, drawing upon projects for hydrogen tractors, heavy-duty port vehicles and other off-road vehicles. Indeed, in some cases this work is designing solutions to fit with Luxfer systems customers already have in place.
This helps to build confidence that Luxfer has the crucial insights and has evolved its expertise in gas storage and its know-how in cylinder technology, to the rapidly expanding alternative fuel landscape.