xperion Energy & Environment, a newly-acquired subsidiary of composite cylinder producer Hexagon Composites, has received a substantial order for high-pressure hydrogen (H2) cylinders from Air Products GmbH in Germany.

Air Products will use the X-STORE® high-pressure cylinders to transport H2 to German industrial customers via trailers. Deliveries are scheduled to commence by the end of the month and through the second quarter of 2017. 

Hexagon Composites Group has established a strong position in the European H2 transport market having previously delivered mobile transport modules and transport cylinders to leading H2 distributors in the region.

This new contract with the Tier One player is expected to further enhance the company’s presence in this field in Europe. Financial details were not disclosed.

“Type 4 cylinders are the preferred alternative to traditional steel cylinders in terms of weight, safety and design”

Harmut Fehrenbach, Business Unit Director of Mobile Pipeline® at xperion Energy & Environment

Harmut Fehrenbach, Business Unit Director of Mobile Pipeline® at xperion Energy & Environment, explained, “While there is still a considerable fleet of Type 1 steel trailers in the European transportation market, we observe a tendency for Type 4 composite solutions successively replacing steel. This confirms that our Type 4 cylinders are the preferred alternative to traditional steel cylinders in terms of weight, safety and design.”

Thomas Hollad, Bulk Transport Manager Northern Continent at Air Products, highlighted, “We are always looking to implement innovative technologies to improve the value proposition to our customers. By introducing sustainable lightweight composite solutions to our transportation fleet, we continue to meet stringent environmental and safety standards and improve our own operational practices.”