Large industrial specialty gas company Linde has announced that they will be opening two new fast filling hydrogen stations in the San Francisco area (Emeryville and Oakland) to accommodate AC Transit fuel cell buses.
Linde is using new ionic compressor technology in their stations that require less maintenance and less electricity to operate than previous stations. Linde is currently using this technology in Germany and other European nations.
According to Linde, “The Linde Ionic Compressor hydrogen fueling systems are step-changes in technology for hydrogen fuel dispensing in North America. Both units are high-performance, fast-fill dispensing systems. The IC-50 ionic bus fueling system can fill a bus with 30 kg of hydrogen in six minutes. The MF-90 auto fueling system can fill an automobile in three minutes for 300-400 miles of operation.”
Now, for bus drivers who must keep to a schedule or auto drivers in a hurry (such as taxi drivers or soccer moms) this fast fill feature forgoes the need for unfortunate and formidable slow fueling efforts. In other words we could be waiting 20 years for battery electric autos to have this fast fill (or charge) feature at an economical price if they ever do. The same goes for operating range.
Linde has once again set the bar higher in which other alternative vehicles have to compete. But the real winner is the consumer who will be able to fast fuel their vehicles and drive long distances before doing it all over again.