Turning hydrogen into kilometres

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) powered by hydrogen are climate-friendly and also powerful. The growing demand for these zero-emission drives happens to be focused first and foremost on commercial vehicles. In Switzerland for instance, the ?H2 Mobility Initiative?, in collaboration with a significant automobile manufacturer, aims to introduce 1,600 hydrogen-powered trucks to its roads by 2025. By 2040, 30,000 trucks, 40,000 buses and 80,000 taxis in South Korea could have H2 within their fuel tanks.
Compared to the now widespread electric motors with batteries, the much more expensive hydrogen fuel cells facilitate a much greater range, with an identical power rating to a petrol or perhaps a diesel engine. Also, H2 vehicles could be refuelled in minimal time at all, in comparison with the charging times needed for batteries.
The capability of a hydrogen tank is governed by its physical size but also by its storage pressure: The bigger this figure (commonly 700 bar for cars and 350 bar for trucks and buses), the more fuel can be stored in the tank.
WIKA pressure sensor MH-3-HY
To monitor this pressure, also for other pressure measurement tasks within an H2 drive system, WIKA has designed the sensor model MH-3-HY. The safety requirements for sensors of this kind have become stringent. They must be certified as hydrogen-compatible and must also have been designed for use in vehicles. The latter primarily affects the mechanical construction in respect of shock and vibration resistance, in addition to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
To crank up Cadaver of hydrogen-fuelled commercial vehicles and cars, the appropriate network of filling stations should be expanded. With the model IS-3, for instance, the WIKA portfolio also includes the right sensor for filling stations, made with explosion protection.
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Further information on Hydrogen, the model MH-3-HY and model IS-3 pressure sensors can be found on the WIKA website. Do you want to buy pressure sensors? Inside our WIKA online-shop you will discover some of our standard designs. In case you have any questions, your contact will gladly help you.

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