Linde makes a breakthrough in hydrogen fuel productionJuly 21, 2014
Linde Group opens first hydrogen production line
The Linde Group, a producer of industrial gases, has taken a big step forward in terms of hydrogen infrastructure. The company has opened the first production line for hydrogen fuel stations. This may change the way a hydrogen infrastructure takes root in Europe, potentially expediting the process and making it easier for countries to embrace clean transportation. Until now, fueling stations were built on an order-by-order basis, with each station coming with a large price tag. Now, these stations will be easier to build and will be less expensive.
Facility will be able to manufacture 50 hydrogen production units every year
The new production line is located in Vienna, Austria. According to Linde, the facility will be able to manufacture some 50 hydrogen production units every year. This is expected to be enough to handle the infrastructure needs of the first generation of fuel cell vehicles coming from many of the world’s major automakers. Being able to produce so many hydrogen production systems and deploy these systems in a relatively short amount of time is likely to have a major impact on clean transportation.
Infrastructure is needed for fuel cell vehicles to find any degree of success
The lack of a sufficient infrastructure is one of the major challenges currently facing clean transportation. Fuel cell vehicles need a hydrogen infrastructure in order to find the success that they need, but no such infrastructure currently exists. Small hydrogen fuel networks have been established in some parts of the world, but these networks are not comprehensive enough to support the mass adoption of fuel cell vehicles.
Automakers are investing in the establishment of a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure
Automakers have invested a great deal of money and time into the development of fuel cell vehicles. If these vehicles fail, many of the world’s major automakers will be facing massive financial losses. For this reason, many of these companies have begun investing in the development of a global hydrogen fuel infrastructure. Companies like Linde are vital to this infrastructure and have played a major role in its ongoing development.