Revolutionary, this mobile station can liquefy, store and distribute hydrogen

Among the companies that are actively developing infrastructures for the rapid adoption of green hydrogen, GenH2 stands out by imagining original solutions, not necessarily focused on large volumes. Thus this mobile station whose full potential is discovered to assist research and rescue in difficult areas.

At a time when large international companies are competing to provide systems capable of producing and storing very large quantities of hydrogen, this trailer called “LS20” which has just been launched by a company based in Titusville, Florida, almost looks like a uninteresting gadget. It would be a big mistake to consider it that way.

Firstly because it will be of great use to all those researchers working on very large-scale projects, by supplying when and where necessary the quantities of liquid hydrogen needed to develop and experiment with new solutions. But also to test materials, their insulation capacity and their thermodynamic properties.

This mobile station can therefore be used both as a laboratory and as a structure to have daily access to 2 to 20 kg of liquid hydrogen, possibly by creating a reserve of 400 liters stored in tanks that GenH2 guarantees without evaporation.

A virtually all-in-one system

The trailer designed by GenH2 does not produce hydrogen. It therefore comes, for example, at the output of an electrolyser, a portable generator, a storage unit, or a power supply from an industrial source. Once connected, it makes it possible to liquefy gaseous hydrogen, and to store it in its ultralight removable tanks to facilitate, if necessary and separately, the transport of the fluid.

It is also used to distribute the product on site. It is the fruit of former NASA researchers and developers who draw on their decades of experience in designing solutions for harnessing hydrogen to propel various devices. Of course, the LS20 mobile station will not be sufficient to supply a fleet of heavy goods vehicles running on liquid hydrogen on a daily basis in the usual way. A path to take seriously, however, since Mercedes now favors it for its fuel cell trucks. On the other hand, this trailer would be very useful in the workshops which carry out maintenance operations on these vehicles, and if necessary to repair on the road in the event of a fuel shortage.

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Drone swarms

Many companies evolving in new technologies are imagining the use of drones running on liquid hydrogen to supply food or provide assistance in areas with difficult access. Compared to battery-electric models, these aircraft are perceived to be quieter, more durable and capable of longer flights without refueling.

In any case, this is the opinion of a consortium formed in France by Delair, Hycco, Pragma Industries and the Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Isae-Supaéro). A remote launch base will be all the more autonomous and efficient with a mobile means of obtaining liquid hydrogen. By taking an interest in these small devices, it is also a question of opening a runway for the take-off of hydrogen planes.

20, 100, 1000 kg per day

GenH2 also sees bigger than its LS20 mobile station. Its design, mass production and distribution will serve as the basis for larger models.

Working closely with the US Department of Energy, NASA, various universities and several world-class energy companies, the Titusville-based company is already planning to roll out its compact solution to architectures capable of supplying 100, and even 1,000 kilograms of liquid hydrogen per day.

It pursues this program with a clear objective: “Help accelerate the construction of infrastructure and make hydrogen accessible for everyday use around the world”.

Security and reliability

For reliable and most virtuous use, the infrastructure benefits from a fully automated device for controlling and monitoring the production/storage level of liquid hydrogen, a lossless liquid-liquid transfer system with recovery interface hydrogen gas, and vacuum-jacketed receptacles for quick connection.

Added to this are the various sensors for detecting hydrogen leaks, the presence of oxygen, and flames invisible to the naked eye. As well as multiple decompression and emergency ventilation automatisms.


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Revolutionary, this mobile station can liquefy, store and distribute hydrogen


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