PDC Machines is rapidly increasing production of its diaphragm gas compressors, having signed the lease on a new 148,000 square foot facility in Lower Salford, Pennsylvania to help better serve the global hydrogen economy.

The manufacturer on Thursday (Sep 23) said the new building will enable a scale up in production of both its diaphragm compressors and other products, ramping its capacity to thousands of units per year.

Arguably the heart of a hydrogen refuelling station, the compressor is key, and makes the infrastructure come to life. Station developers simply could not dispense a product without compressors and technologies. It’s the compression technologies that essentially enable refuelling at speeds of three-to-five minutes.

With PDC, the focus is on diaphragm compression. This means no lubricants involved in the compressor and, therefore, no or less potential for impurities to get through the compression stage and into the final hydrogen fuel, resulting in a cleaner and green refill.

On the new facility, Kareem Afzal, CEO of PDC Machines, said, “Our leadership team at PDC is thrilled with the opportunity this expansion presents bringing scale to the rapidly expanding demand of the hydrogen market. We look forward to supporting our customer-partners as they advance decarbonisation work for a sustainable future for our planet.”

The new facility will start production by the end of Q1 2022.

 Steps to a green future 

Focused on the energy transition since the late 1990s, with a vision ‘to realize human potential through hydrogen infrastructure solutions’, PDC Machines is one of the world’s leading compression technology providers for hydrogen energy applications, including mobility, supply side, and power-to-gas applications.

The Philadelphia-based company designs and manufacturers diaphragm compressors engineered for ultra-high purity compression of all rare, hazardous, toxic, pyrophoric, explosive and industrial gases and mixtures. This has traditionally been for the industrial gas, research, and chemical processing sectors, globally, but in more recent years PDC Machines has found its technologies and expertise not only at the heart of the growing renewable energies, but in strong demand too.

At the heart of PDC Machines’ hydrogen activities is its SimpleFuel™ solution. An on-site hydrogen generation, storage and dispensing appliance, SimpleFuel™ uses water and electricity to produce high purity fuel cell-grade hydrogen to refuel a range of fuel cell powered vehicles. The technology was developed in response to the H2 Refuel H-Prize competition launched by the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2014, which challenged American innovators to create solutions that could provide a path for greater adoption of FCEVs by improving the performance and affordability of small-scale hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

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