Haskel Europe recently played a vital role in a landmark demonstration of hydrogen (H2) fuel cell powered vehicles.
The Sunderland, UK, firm supported Toyota in its long-range demonstration to drive a H2 fuel cell vehicle the full length of Britain for the first time.
Haskel, a world leader in H2 fuel-related components and testing, supported the mid-point refuelling of the vehicle on its journey from John o’ Groats to Land’s End.
The Toyota Mirai stopped at the Sunderland plant – its first stop in England - to be filled via a mobile H2 refuelling station built using Haskel components including gas boosters specifically designed to handle pressurised H2.
Haskel has been supplying H2-related components for over 70 years. Earlier this year it launched the largest facility in Europe able to offer full scale testing of H2 fuelling systems and components.
The H2 test facility opened on the back of a significant investment. It has the capability to test everything from a single valve through to full scale H2 refuelling stations and enable owner’s operators to undertake real world testing for the first time in Europe.
Haskel Europe is in the process of developing the next generation of H2 refuelling solutions based out of its Sunderland facility which will complement its current range of products already installed around the world.
Stewart Anderson, Haskel Europe’s H2 Engineering Manager, said, “H2 fuel is a clean energy source which is set to transform the global transport industry and dramatically reduce carbon emissions.”
“Toyota’s recent demonstration illustrates the viability of H2 vehicles and goes a long way to building consumer confidence in overcoming concerns about how far the car can drive with battery vehicles.”
Demand for H2 is projected to increase tenfold by 2050, creating some 30 million jobs in the process.
Increasing the use of H2 could deliver a fifth of the greenhouse gas emission cuts needed by 2050 to limit the impacts of global warming according to the Hydrogen Council – a collective of automotive and energy firms.
In the UK, meanwhile, it is predicted that H2 fuel cell vehicles could account for half of all cars on British roads by 2050.
Jon Hunt, Toyota’s Manager, Alternative Fuels, said, “Haskel is leading the way in the UK for H2 testing and we were delighted to use their new facilities in Sunderland as a stop to refuel the Mirai as it enabled our successful trip from John O’Groats to Lands End, the first H2 fuel cell powered car to complete this iconic journey.”
“As the success of H2 powered cars relies in part on the availability of refuelling stations, and Haskel is a proven expert in designing and building these, we welcome the investment in these new facilities which will help Britain to increase its expertise and the country to move to cleaner, sustainable and more efficient transport and energy provision.”
About Haskel Europe
Haskel provides components to H2 refuelling solutions across the globe. It also develops systems which safely handle other gases and liquids for clients in the oil, gas, energy and defence sectors.
The company was established in Sunderland in 1950 and is now a world leader in high pressure products. It is part of Accudyne Industries, a global provider of flow control systems and industrial compressors headquartered in Dallas, Texas.