Kobe Steel, Ltd. has become the first Japanese manufacturer to sell hydrogen (H2) compressors and other associated equipment for H2 refuelling stations overseas.
In cooperation with California-based Kobelco Compressors America, Inc., Kobe Steel has started marketing its HyAC mini-A, an all-in-one, compact compressor unit for H2 refuelling stations in the US.
The updated unit is the next device in Kobe Steel’s HyAC series and has been specifically designed for the US market.
Consisting of a high-pressure H2 compressor and a refrigerator together with a high-pressure storage tanks unit and a dispenser, the filling pressure of the updated machine has been raised to 87.5 MegaPascals (MPa) to meet US fuelling protocol.
The HyAC mini-A produces a total capacity of 340 Nm3 per hour and is equipped with a remote monitoring system.
In addition, its footprint is 10% smaller than its predecessor, the HyAC mini, which has been circulated in Japan since 2014.
Kobe Steel established a comprehensive test centre for H2 fuelling station developments at its Takasago Works in western Japan in March 2016. The facility tests a variety of operating patterns and verifies fuelling simulations.