H2 Logic, a subsidiary of NEL ASA (NEL), has launched a new generation hydrogen fueling station that triples the fuelling capacity, while reducing the footprint to one third of the current generation.
The CAR-200 product is a result of more than 3 years development of new and patented technologies that contribute to the capacity increase and footprint reductions.
In addition, CAR-200 builds on the operational legacy of the former CAR-100, which is used in multiple countries across Europe and has a documented high performance with close to 99 percent availability.
CAR-200 is designed to provide a peak rush-hour capacity on one fueling hose similar to that at conventional gas stations, enabling a flexible scaling of capacity as demand grows. In addition a new dispenser has been developed solely for hydrogen with a footprint of only 1/3 of conventional dispensers. This enables integration of hydrogen right next to conventional fuel products allowing station operators to offer both products on the same fueling lane area.
Footprint of the CAR-200 has been reduced to a few parking lots and the dispenser can be located up to 50 meters away, enabling a flexible integration, even at very compact sites.
CAR-200 is assembled at factory prior to shipment, allowing for a fast start of operation with minimal impact on the daily operation of the gas station site during installation. Various standard as well as customized enclosure designs can be applied on the CAR-200 ensuring any desired visual appearance and integration with the surroundings.
Any hydrogen supply can be connected to the CAR-200 ranging from onsite production to truck delivery from central production plants, such as renewable energy based large-scale electrolysers from the sister company NEL-Hydrogen.
The station is designed for lean volume manufacturing at the world’s largest factory for hydrogen refuelling stations. When ramp-up and plant optimization is complete, the facility will have a name-plate production capacity of up to 300 refuelling stations per year, sufficient for refuelling 200 000 new Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles annually.
Delivery of CAR-200 to the first customers will commence during the second half of 2016.[source: H2 Logic]