Linde AG: Linde starts small-series production for hydrogen fuelling stations (news with additional features)

  Linde AG: Linde starts small-series production for hydrogen fuelling
  stations (news with additional features)

Linde starts small-series production for hydrogen fuelling stations

- World's first series production of its kind

- Standard agreement closed with Iwatani Corporation (Japan) for delivery of
28 units

- Technology leadership through innovative ionic compressor

- Leading companies from industry are committed to hydrogen

Business Wire

MUNICH & VIENNA -- July 14, 2014

Technology company The Linde Group continues to advance the introduction of
hydrogen as a fuel: Today the company officially opened the world's first
small-series production facility for hydrogen fuelling stations in Vienna.
Many prominent and international guests attended the event, including the
Austrian Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Doris Bures, and
the German Ambassador to Vienna, Detlev Rünger. Linde's Vienna Application
Centre was extensively modernised and expanded specifically for this project.
Many ground-breaking hydrogen fuelling innovations have originated from this
research and development hub in Vienna in recent years. These include Linde's
energy-efficient, compact ionic compressor, the IC 90.

"The successful commercialisation of fuel-cell cars hinges on a sufficiently
widespread hydrogen infrastructure," explains Professor Dr Aldo Belloni,
member of the Executive Board of Linde AG. "The development of small-series
production capabilities is a key milestone on this journey. It gives us the
flexibility we need to meet rising demand in different markets. Our standard
agreement with Iwatani shows that we are on the right path along with our

At the opening ceremony, Linde and Iwatani Corporation announced that both
companies had closed a deal for the delivery of 28 hydrogen fuelling stations
with ionic compressors. The first of these units went on stream today in
Amagasaki near Osaka, Japan. Akiji Makino, CEO of Iwatani Corporation,
comments: "Iwatani would like to contribute to the development of Japan's
hydrogen energy infrastructure by building on highly advanced ionic compressor
technology from Linde."

The Austrian Minister Bures had the following to say: "I am proud to see that
Austrian engineering is making a valuable contribution to the advancement of
hydrogen technology. This new opening is an important development on several
counts. Not only is it the first small-series production facility of its kind
worldwide, it also exemplifies how research and technology development work
can feed directly into production and the creation of new jobs. In a nutshell,
it pays to invest in the future."

Dr Gerhard Roiss, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of OMV AG, is
equally enthusiastic: "In order to effectively transition to cleaner sources
of energy, we now need second-generation renewable innovations, and not
first-generation subsidies. And this is exactly what OMV is focusing on. The
success of tomorrow's mobility solutions hinges on close cross-industry
collaboration. And this project is a prime example of how this can work. This
first series production facility for hydrogen fuelling stations marks an
important milestone on our way towards the widespread use of hydrogen-powered

Unlike conventional piston-operated compressors, Linde's IC 90 works with
liquid salts. Because these ionic liquids do not have a vapour pressure, they
do not evaporate or mix with the hydrogen gas. They also eliminate mechanical
wear-and-tear and sealing problems inside the cylinders. In addition, the IC
90 increases energy efficiency. Equipped with a sophisticated safety system
and remote diagnosis and maintenance capabilities, the IC 90 meets all
fuelling standards to ensure safe, silent fuelling and can achieve a pressure
of 1,000 bar (14,500 psi) if required. With this compressor, technology leader
Linde has made a valuable and key contribution to the ongoing enhancement of
today's hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.

Highlights of the new small-series production concept include a high degree of
standardisation across all components, which are installed in a compact
14-foot container for ease of transport and integration in existing fuelling

The expansion of production capacity in Vienna to 50 units a year dovetails
with the introduction of the first series-produced fuel-cell cars by leading
manufacturers such as Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Daimler between 2014 and
2017. Experts predict that tens of thousands of fuel-cell cars will be
travelling Europe's roads by 2018.

In the 2013 financial year, The Linde Group generated revenue of EUR 16.655
bn, making it the largest gases and engineering company in the world with
approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide.
The strategy of The Linde Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth
and focuses on the expansion of its international business with
forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its
shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment - in
every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The
company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of
customer value and sustainable development.

Under the "Clean Technology by Linde" label, the company offers a wide range
of products and technologies that help to render renewable energy sources
financially viable, and significantly slow down the depletion of fossil
resources or reduce the level of CO2 emitted. This ranges from specialty gases
for solar module manufacturing, industrial-scale CO2 separation and
application technologies to alternative fuels and energy carriers such as
liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen.

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Additional features:

Subtitle: completely assembled compressor station with Linde IC 90 / fertig
montierte Verdichterstation mit Linde IC 90 Kompressor

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