BOC, a member of the Linde Group, has launched a new lightweight hydrogen cylinder which offers the same amount of energy as 10 car batteries.

The cell will be used to provide the energy source for the Hymera fuel cell generator which was launched by the firm last year.

Stewart Dow, Packaged Energy Manager at BOC explained the importance of lightweight hydrogen solutions, “Hydrogen has long been vaunted as the fuel store of the future. Now, with products like Hymera and the new cylinder, BOC is making the hydrogen economy a reality.

Hymera is already being used in commercially viable applications for the rail, construction and security industries. The launch of the new cylinder brings widespread application a step closer.”

The Hymera fuel cell generator constitutes the world’s first commercially-available portable hydrogen power cell source. According to BOC the device is already enjoying propagation in a range of off-grid applications such as in construction and railway maintenance – and increasingly in lighting projects.

Indeed, in a recent press release, BOC was quick to point out that White Light Ltd, one of the UK’s largest live event lighting companies, has been offering Hymera to customers over the last year.

David Isherwood, Hire and Technical Director for the lighting firm commented, “We have been using a number of Hymera fuel cell power generators built into a self-contained off-grid lighting system. It is easy to set-up and operate and the units have performed very well. Our customer base has responded positively to the innovative technology, finding many applications for it.”

Perhaps the best tangible testament to its use was the practical example offered by BOC. The firm promise that the new cylinder is powerful enough to run a modern laptop on constantly for almost a week of full usage.