Filling vehicles with hydrogen is about to get faster and easier, thanks to technology Linde is bringing to North America - as more and more of the challenges proposd by a future hydrogen economy are gradually crinkled out.

Linde is believed to be the first company capable of meeting a new industry target designed to dramatically reduce the time it takes to fill hydrogen-powered vehicles, with the move likely to aid the growing acceptance of hydrogen as the future fuel of choice.

Industry experts see shortened refuelling time as an essential component to improve consumer acceptance and adoption of hydrogen-fueled vehicles. Mike McGowan, Head of Hydrogen Solutions for Linde North America, commented, “Linde is leading the industry with our proprietary, 700-bar fast-fill technology, first developed for hydrogen refuelling stations in Europe. The technology enables us to completely fill cars in as little as three minutes.$quot;

“Linde is focused on finding ways to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. Expanding our vehicle refuelling capabilities in North America gives customers greater access to our strong hydrogen supply network and world class engineering expertise,” McGowan added.

Linde was one of the earliest entrants into the hydrogen energy arena and is a leader in the safe production, storage and distribution of hydrogen, having so far equipped over 70 hydrogen refuelling stations in 15 countries, supplying hydrogen for projects large and small.

McGowan explained, “Linde has partnered with a variety of manufacturers, including automotive, forklift and battery makers on multiple projects. This experience, combined with our global size and scale, enables us to execute projects safely and successfully. It also gives us the expertise to deliver new and sustainable energy solutions that contribute to a greener world and cleaner environment.$quot;

Robert Adler, Head of Research and Development for Linde Gas GmbH in Vienna, will discuss Linde’s 700-bar refuelling capabilities in a presentation at the National Hydrogen Association’s 19th annual conference, held from 30th March through to 3rd April in Sacramento, California

Several Linde experts will also speak at the Compressed Gas Association’s annual hydrogen seminar, held on 3rd April as part of the overall conference, while Bob Boyd, Hydrogen Solutions Project Development Manager for Linde North America, will speak about traditional hydrogen applications in the electronics, chemicals, glass and oil industries, as well as address the challenges faced by the hydrogen energy industry.