After months of silence, ITM Power is starting to release some details about its HFuel hydrogen refueling unit. The HFuel system can be used for hydrogen refueling in a commercial setting.
The hydrogen fuel produced from the ITM Power HFuel system meets the purity requirements for running it through a auto’s fuel cell. At a cost benefit for refueling H2ICE vehicles, the hydrogen purity can be downgraded.
The HFuel unit is composed of electrolyzers, compressors and hydrogen storage tanks. The typical hydrogen fuel dispensed will be 5,000 psi but this can be upgraded to 10,000 psi if desired.
One of the most interesting features of the HFuel system is its scalable, modular design. It only takes 3 days to set up the HFuel system, it can be easily transported from one location to another and it is easy to upgrade as traffic to the refueling station grows. Plus it is able to produce up to 50 kg per day of hydrogen fuel.
Refueling autos at the station will only take 3 minutes. The HFuel system only needs water and an electrical source to work. The electricity can be provided by renewable resources such as wind or solar, making it a very green hydrogen station indeed.
The ITM Power HFuel hydrogen fueling station along with its other products will be shown at the Hannover Messe, in Germany April 19 – 23, 2010 and at the NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo in Long Beach, California May 3 – 6, 2010.
What are noticeably missing from the lineup of products that ITM Power is offering are the much awaited Home Energy Pack and Home Hydrogen Fueling Station that I had talked about in July 2009 and July 2008 respectively.
The modular ITM Power HFuel hydrogen fueling station will indeed be a step forward toward implementing a hydrogen highway fueling system in many locations. In addition, the home hydrogen products also need to be given their due as progress marches forward.