The Linde Group has been awarded a contract to supply hydrogen to the combustion chamber test facilities run by Germany’s national research center for aeronautics and space (DLR) in Cologne.

At the DLR’s combustion chamber test facilities run by the Institute of Propulsion Technology, researchers are investigating efficient, flexible, low-emission ways to burn fossil and alternative fuels.  The objective is to further optimize efficiency in the combustion chambers of aircraft turbines and stationary gas turbines.

“This project clearly demonstrates how the special properties of hydrogen make it ideal for a wide range of innovative applications,” says Dr Andreas Opfermann, head of Clean Energy & Innovation Management at Linde.

By 2013, Linde will have built an extensive on-site supply infrastructure, thus eliminating the need for high-pressure hydrogen deliveries by tube trailer trucks. At the heart of the new infrastructure is a cryogenic storage tank with an innovative cryopump system developed by Linde. This converts liquid hydrogen stored at a temperature of -253° C into high-pressure gaseous hydrogen.

·       Meanwhile Linde Gases has also agreed to supply Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), Finland, with a major central gas supply system at the University’s recently renovated multi-story research laboratory of chemical engineering and separation technology. Lappeenranta is one of Finland’s leading science and technology education facilities, which researches welding and the latest chemical and separation technology sciences for the process industries. 

The gas system, which will transport research gases, will be the largest installation of its kind in Finland and is expected to be a key reference site for similar projects in other Scandinavian and Baltic states.