The upcoming months are pivotal for the UK Government as it defines the role of hydrogen in its future energy strategy. Amid mounting pressure to stay on track to reach Net Zero, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, has underscored the importance of practical and feasible solutions.
While hydrogen is not a catch-all solution, the Committee’s report highlights its vast potential. Hydrogen can significantly contribute to clean energy solutions across several sectors, including industrial clusters, transport, shipping, and aviation. For more than two decades, Luxfer Gas Cylinders has been at the forefront of these sectors, innovating with partners to make hydrogen storage and use more efficient.
Despite the persistent challenges of infrastructure, pioneers like Luxfer Gas Cylinders are tasked with developing solutions that can have an immediate impact on emissions reduction.
Meeting hydrogen demand through virtual gas pipelines
Virtual gas pipelines are emerging as a flexible and promising solution for transporting hydrogen to areas of need. As an industry leader, Luxfer has made significant progress in making hydrogen more accessible. It has accomplished this on a large scale by offering 20-foot, 40-foot, and 45-foot Multiple Element Gas Containers (MEGC), each capable of storing between 0.5 and 1.4 tonnes of the gas.
But Luxfer recognised a gap in the market – a shortage of small to medium-scale gas transportation solutions across different gaseous elements for a variety of applications. With a background in innovation design for change the Luxfer team, led by alternative fuel design manage Kevin Gilbert, focused on applying its knowledge of fuel systems and bulk gas modules into a format capable of meeting smaller volume demands.
Introducing the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle: A leap forward in hydrogen storage
Luxfer’s latest innovation is the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle, a new solution for hydrogen storage. The system, which became market-ready in less than a year, comprises Luxfer’s trusted Type 3 G-Stor™ Pro H2 cylinders. These cylinders are stacked horizontally and can deliver a larger volume of gas within a similar footprint to other options.
Features of the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle include:
- A nine-cylinder bundle, designed to provide a steady and high volume of hydrogen
- A lightweight, durable frame that can be seamlessly integrated onto trucks and trailers
- Five cylinder sizes, ranging from 150 to 322 litres
- Five variations of hydrogen storage capacity, from 32.1kgs to 84.3kgs
Designed for where a volume of gas is required to be fed at a regular flow rate and pressure, without an interruption, the system offers practical applications for industrial use such as refineries, small scale H2 refuelling stations, manufacturing sites, portable power generators, and more.
It benefits from overpressure valves, which guarantee safe operation throughout its life cycle, and demonstrate Luxfer’s ongoing commitment to safety at the forefront of innovation.
Deploying multiple cylinder packages (MCPS) into our own operation
Innovation has always been part of Luxfer’s DNA. And with a motivation to interrogate how we can improve processes and limit the environmental impact of our own operation, an opportunity arose to deploy the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle at our Nottingham UK headquarters.
During the manufacture of Luxfer’s Type I and Type II cylinders, a large hydraulic ram uses nitrogen to shape a solid aluminum billet into the hollow shell of a cylinder.
Within our expanding alternative fuel facility, we also have a large liquid nitrogen tank, which pressure tests our fuel systems. As a result of a recent trial, we have readied two G-Stor™ Pro Bundles that will feed our manufacturing press, replacing the rental model currently used.
The benefits of Luxfer implementing the G-Stor™ Pro Bundle in this way include:
- Reduction in nitrogen costs through the use of gaseous nitrogen instead of liquid nitrogen
- Increased pressure containment by 150 bar, resulting a change from using four multiple-cylinder packages to feed the press, to only two
- Better use of space through the horizontal stacking of cylinders
Luxfer’s legacy in gas containment and the future of hydrogen storage
With an 80-year history in gas containment and an impeccable safety record, Luxfer Gas Cylinders stands at the forefront of hydrogen storage, with alternative fuel representing the fastest-growing division across the Luxfer Group.
Luxfer strives to help companies progress towards their sustainability goals during uncertain times by offering advanced technological solutions. It is hoped that economic decisions in the next few months will bolster confidence in hydrogen as a fuel of choice, reducing reliance on fossil fuels, and setting a clear path to a low-carbon economy by 2050.
To keep updated on the projects Luxfer Gas Cylinders is working on with international partners in this rapidly evolving sector, view our latest news: https://www.luxfercylinders.com/news/