Munich/Murray Hill, N.J., 11 December 2014 – Linde LLC, the North American subsidiary of The Linde Group, has put its first retail hydrogen fueling station in the U.S. into operation. The facility, which is a part of the Ramos Oil Company multi-fuel station in West Sacramento, California, was inaugurated yesterday.
“We are very excited to be working with Ramos Oil on this project,” said Nitin Natesan, business development manager for Hydrogen Fueling in North America. “This high throughput retail station is a very significant step forward in the commercialization of hydrogen-fueled cars,” said Natesan.
“We have been serving the Sacramento market with a variety of fuels for over 60 years and we are anxious to support the infrastructure necessary to prove that hydrogen has a place in the transportation fuel mix,” said Kent Ramos, president of Ramos Oil Company.
Natesan said, “While the acceptance of Linde technology for hydrogen fueled vehicles is advancing at a fast pace in Europe, we’re now getting a real foothold in the U.S., with California leading the way.” Recently, the California Energy Commission, which supports this project, announced that it is providing funding for a significant number of additional retail stations throughout the state. Apart for the one in West Sacramento, Linde received funding for a total of six stations. Linde has also built and is operating two hydrogen fueling stations for California’s AC Transit to fuel twelve hydrogen fuel cell buses in Emeryville and Oakland.
At the heart of the hydrogen fueling system is the Linde IC 90 ionic compressor which enables higher throughput and enhanced back-to-back fueling. Unlike conventional piston-operated compressors, the IC 90 works with ionic liquid that does not evaporate or mix with the hydrogen gas. It also eliminates mechanical wear-and-tear and sealing problems inside the cylinders. “With this compressor, Linde has made a valuable contribution to the ongoing enhancement of today's hydrogen fueling infrastructure,” said Mike Beckman, head of Hydrogen Fueling at Linde North America. “It is evident that this technology has moved well beyond the experimental stage and is now becoming a commercial reality, particularly in California.”
As the world's largest manufacturer of hydrogen plants, Linde covers the entire technology spectrum required to successfully use hydrogen as an energy source – from hydrogen generation to refueling. Linde has equipped over 90 fueling stations in 15 countries with innovative hydrogen refueling technology, supporting fuel cell cars, buses and forklifts.
About The Linde Group
In the 2013 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.655 bn, making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide. The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment – in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.
Under the ”Clean Technology by Linde“ label, the company offers a wide range of products and technologies that help to render renewable energy sources financially viable, and significantly slow down the depletion of fossil resources or reduce the level of CO2 emitted. This ranges from specialty gases for solar module manufacturing, industrial-scale CO2 separation and application technologies to alternative fuels and energy carriers such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen.
For more information go to http://www.linde.com/cleantechnology.
Dr Dominik Heger