Dynetek Lands C$7M Award for 700 bar Hydrogen Storage Tank Systems for DaimlerChrysler Fuel Cell Program
|Tank wall thickness for different pressure hydrogen storage systems. Click to enlarge. Source: Dynetek|
Dynetek Industries has accepted a purchase order representing approximately C$7 million (US$5.9 million) in sales with Magna Steyr, an operating unit of Magna International Inc.
The order involves the development, certification and supply of 700 bar compressed hydrogen fuel storage systems, including related engineering, to Magna Steyr in connection with DaimlerChrysler’s fuel cell program. Dynetek will start delivering storage systems for system and vehicle testing in 2007.
The hydrogen storage systems will undergo rigorous testing to ensure reliable operation and will be certified to the most stringent standards for worldwide operation.
The 700 bar system increases hydrogen storage capacity by approximately 70% when compared with the previous 350 bar (5000 psi) hydrogen storage cylinder with the same storage dimensions. This increased fuel storage potential extends the driving range of fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).
Dynetek’s patented 700bar cylinder valve used in the system provides additional benefits due to the very low valve-mass and integrated functionality.
This contract is a significant step forward in direction of mass production...The ultimate goal is to meet all the requirements for storage systems to support OEM plans for mass production of hydrogen powered vehicles in the near future.—Chris Rasche, President and CEO
Dynetek is providing 30 hydrogen systems for the Citaro fuel cell buses in operation throughout Europe as part of the Clean Urban Transport for Europe (CUTE) project. It also provides on-board storage for the Ford Focus Fuel Cell vehicle, the Volkswagen type Bora, Nissan Xterra, 2000 Mercedes Benz Necar, Ford Focus FCV, Toyota FCHV and the Ford Hydrogen ICE vehicle. Operating pressures for Dynetek automotive hydrogen storage systems range are 3600 psi (250 bar), 5000 psi (350 bar) and 10,000 psi (700 bar).
Dynetek provided a 700bar system to Nissan for the X-Trail in 2005.