Hydrogen technology supplier Logan Energy has unveiled a new mobile compression trailer, which aims to accelerate the uptake of hydrogen as a low-carbon vehicle fuel in the UK. The trailer unit, the size of a horse box, can be taken to wherever hydrogen needs to be moved from one cylinder to another. Its automated compressor ensures a vehicle or storage cylinder can be filled in one go with no attendance required.
Logan Energy says the product has been developed in response to demand from the hydrogen sector and particularly transport operators including bus companies. The company is already supplying trailers to end users and has begun serial production, aiming to deploy more trailers not only to bus companies but also HGV users and for other commercial applications.
Unveiled at the All Energy 2022 conference in Glasgow on 11 and 12 May, Logan Energy CEO Bill Ireland explained: “This new mobile unit is the latest innovation from Logan Energy and is in response to the market. It is a much-needed solution for companies adopting hydrogen as a low-carbon fuel for their bus or lorry fleets.
“The compression unit has been designed with safety and security in mind, using our specific hydrogen engineering expertise. Our aim was to build something that overcame the barriers that many companies have getting access to hydrogen equipment where and when they need it. It is a great example of forward-thinking at Logan Energy and shows how we are helping businesses and society toward a net zero future.”
The trailer takes hydrogen from an external supply such as an electrolyser, compressed hydrogen in cylinders or trailers. To fill a vehicle, the user connects the vehicle, presses a fill button and then waits for it to be filled. Logan Energy explained that other mobile refuelling systems which transport pressurised hydrogen and decant from these to fill vehicles are only able to use about 35% of the transported hydrogen before they fail to complete a full fill. Logan Energy’s unit has been designed to make full use of the transported hydrogen and empty the delivered hydrogen vessels, thereby removing wasted transport costs and capital investment providing a far more economical solution.