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Linde hydrogen fueling stations in US reach over half million fills

Hydrogen fueling stations in the US using Linde North America fueling technology have reached over half million fills, powering a variety of vehicles, including forklifts, cars and buses.

One of the major contributors to the half million fill milestone is BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC at its plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where earlier this year the company more than doubled its fleet of material handling equipment which are fueled by hydrogen fueling systems provided by Linde.

The four million square foot BMW production facility now powers its entire hydrogen-fuel cell fleet of more than 230 units to service the plant’s production and logistics functions, making it one of the largest fuel cell forklift sites in the world.

The annual energy avoidance of 4.1 million kWh and dramatic reductions in fueling time have positioned our hydrogen fuel cell material handling program to be an industry benchmark.

—Duncan Seaman, BMW Group’s Head of Market Operations, Americas

The lead acid batteries that formerly powered BMW’s lifts and trucks were replaced with hydrogen fuel cells from Latham, NY-based Plug Power Inc., Linde’s partner in the BMW installation and the leading provider of hydrogen based fuel cells in the material handling market.



Not so long ago anti-hydrogen posters were assuring us that refilling with hydrogen is incredibly dangerous.

Linde must have got lucky half a million times.


Can anyone be so foolish as to believe that H2 is more dangerous than volatile fossil fuels?


Oil and fossil and bio-fuel promoters and supporters don't always tell the truth. It is amazing to see what the quest of more $$$$ will do?


correction..last line should for more $$$$ will generate as clean NG, clean coal, etc


Industrial settings can afford training and maintenance that are likely to be neglected elsewhere.  The reactor buildings at Fukushima Dai'ichi were blown up by hydrogen, and leaking H2 has the potential to add more climate weirdness by bypassing the "water trap" which confines most hydrogen to the troposphere.  Those are two hazards of hydrogen that will appear if it replaces petroleum.

A major point of the H2FCV appears to be to keep the existing petroleum company business model (central production of motor fuel, distribution through filling stations) viable.  I don't see why it shouldn't die.


Total FUD.
We also have extensive experience of refuelling hydrogen vehicles outside an industrial setting.

Cars will be fuelled outside, not in a building, and as you note hydrogen rises, so how is it going to accumulate to cause an explosion?
There are hundreds of hydrogen fork lifts in operation, which ARE fuelling inside, and no explosions there.

As for the water trap notion, its a theory, much like the various ideas thrown out to attempt to kill nuclear power.
Stopping a major industry because someone has come up with a theory is the sort of thing anti-nuclear people advocate.
Its nuts.

Presumably you are advocating solar and batteries everywhere, including places where it is not sunny for months at a time.


We also have experience with handling natural gas, yet there are still regular fires and explosions with casualties both to workers and bystanders.  Hydrogen is a slippery molecule and will have more leakage issues, plus its extremely wide flammability limits make it harder to "inert".

Stopping a major industry

What major industry?  Several generations of hydrogen fueling stations have been built and dismantled already when their subsidies ended.  There is no industry yet, and likely won't be absent a massively subsidized startup.  I object to the subsidy for the oil-company business model.

because someone has come up with a theory

Theory?  Tell the atmospheric chemists that.  They'll tag you for a climate-change denier.

The water trap is simple physics.  H2 is quite stable in air, so it will accumulate and diffuse into the stratosphere just like methane and CFCs.  That's where it will be broken down by UV, creating water where there is currently little or none.

Presumably you are advocating solar and batteries everywhere

You don't pay much attention, do you?  I advocate nuclear and electrified highways and railways.

Roger Pham

It is important to get the oil and gas industry involved with synthetic fuels production such as H2, methane and liquid fuels, because:

1. They have the most expertise and experience
2. They have the deepest pockets for massive investments
3. They have the most influence in state and federal governments in order to make the necessary legislations and fundings to make it possible.

It kinda like the necessity of converting the emperors of Rome to Christianity in order to convert the entire Roman empire! This time, the faith is GW and the empire is the USA!


Progressive electrification of ground, water and air transport vehicles, together with corresponding reduction of GHG, will gain speed in most countries in the next 25/50 years.

Storing enough e-energy (with batteries and ultra caps) for heavy machinery, heavy vehicles such as large trucks and buses, for locomotives,ships and large planes will not be an easy task. On board generation of e-energy, with clean running FCs, may very well become one of the solution. Small improved batteries and/or ultra caps may be used as buffers.

Improved batteries and/or ultra caps may be used for short and extended range lighter vehicles such as private cars etc.

EVs and FCEVs may coexist for many decades.

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