SimpleFuel Receives Award of H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition for Small-Scale Hydrogen Refueling System
January 23, 2017 – Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) recently announced the competition finalist SimpleFuel as the winner of the $1 Million H2 Refuel H-Prize. This success can support economic growth, jobs, and domestic leadership in cutting edge energy technology.
The SimpleFuel™ team, a consortium made up of Ivys Energy Solutions, McPhy Energy North America and PDC Machines, designed their system to be a safe, small-scale hydrogen-refueling appliance capable of delivering up to 5 kg/day of hydrogen to vehicles at pressures up to 700 bar (10,000 psi). 5 kg is enough to fully fuel one fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) for 300-360 miles.
“In 2007 Congress established this competition, with bipartisan support, to inspire creative approaches and advances for hydrogen energy technologies,” stated Jeff Serfass, President of the Hydrogen Education Foundation. “The development of the hydrogen infrastructure became the target of this competition, and I am pleased that DOE and HEF together have delivered on the objective for the H-Prize with SimpleFuel’s grand achievement,” Serfass concluded.
Phase 1 of the competition was launched in 2014, when America’s engineers and entrepreneurs were invited to answer the call to design and build an affordable system for small-scale, non-commercial hydrogen fueling. After receiving and evaluating nine design submissions in 2015, one team – SimpleFuel – was selected by an independent panel of judges as the Finalist, to advance to Phase 2.
SimpleFuel constructed their system in 2016 in Warminster, Pennsylvania, followed by a 3-month data collection period, which ended in December 2016. During that time, an open house event was held, which was attend by DOE FCTO Director Sunita Satyapal, at which the team demonstrated their system by conducting a fueling of a Hyundai Tucson FCEV.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) analyzed the data collected during that testing period, and the cost information provided by the team was also independently reviewed. The H-Prize panel of judges deemed that the data collected showed that SimpleFuel’s system met both the technical and cost criteria as outlined in the final competition guidelines, thereby unanimously declaring them the winner of the H2 Refuel H-Prize.
Hydrogen infrastructure remains a critical barrier to the widespread adoption of FCEVs. The future of FCEVs in a consumer environment is dependent upon a widely available network of fueling stations. At the current early stage of market introduction, there will be a need for small-scale refueling to serve communities and residences far from the commercial hydrogen fueling station network. The H2 Refuel competition was designed to help address this barrier through easily deployed small scale fueling systems for home and community use to bridge the gap while widespread infrastructure development takes place.
The Hydrogen Education Foundation administers the H2 Refuel H-Prize for the U.S. Department of Energy. More information on the H2 Refuel H-Prize are available at
www.hydrogenprize.org or by phone at (202) 223-5547 x360.
About the Hydrogen Education Foundation
The Hydrogen Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, promotes clean hydrogen energy technologies through innovative national competitions and educational programs to encourage environmental stewardship, improve energy security, and create green jobs. www.HydrogenEducationFoundation.org
Today the Energy Department announces SimpleFuel as the winner of the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition. Launched in October 2014, the H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition challenged America’s innovators to deploy an on-site hydrogen generation system, using electricity or natural gas, to fuel hydrogen vehicles, that can be used in homes, community centers, small businesses, or similar locations.
SimpleFuel’s home scale refueling appliance can provide a 1-kilogram fill to vehicles in 15 minutes or less at 700 bar using hydrogen produced via electrolysis, with a cost-effective design that minimizes setback distances and reduces the physical footprint of the system. SimpleFuel is a collaboration of three companies: Ivys Energy Solutions (Massachusetts), McPhy Energy N.A. (Massachusetts), and PDC Machines (Pennsylvania).
Data collection began in September 2016 to evaluate the system based on the technical and cost criteria laid out in the guidelines. An open house was held on November 9, 2016, to provide an opportunity for the public to get a look at the system. Testing of Simple Fuel’s system was completed on December 21, 2016. Over 180 kilograms of hydrogen were dispensed and all the technical criteria were met during the testing phase.
The two-year H2 Refuel H-Prize competition asked applicants to design, install, and test refueling systems used in homes, community centers, businesses, or similar locations to generate and dispense hydrogen to small fleet vehicles. Home fueling projects like these could be an integral part of the continued deployment of hydrogen infrastructure across the country to support more transportation energy options for U.S. consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
Hydrogen infrastructure remains the most critical barrier to the widespread adoption of FCEVs. Both government and industry are focused on identifying actions to encourage early adopters of FCEVs, by conducting coordinated technical and market analysis and leveraging other alternative fueling infrastructure to enable cost reductions and economies of scale. For example, infrastructure being developed for alternative fuels such as natural gas, as well as fuel cell applications including combined heat and power, backup power and fuel cell forklifts, can help pave the way for mainstream hydrogen vehicle infrastructure.
For more information on the H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition, visit hydrogenprize.org. The H-Prize is administered for the U.S. Department of Energy by the Hydrogen Education Foundation.
PDC’s Sales Engineer Nihad Kaiseruddin educated Tohickon 9th grader science classes in Doyelstown, PA about the concept of hydrogen energy as a renewable fuel and applications for hydrogen fuel cell cars as well as the science behind generating hydrogen on site. A hydrogen fuel cell car was on hand to show the cars of the future.
SimpleFuel Team Hosts ‘Demo-Day’ and Showcases Innovative Hydrogen Refueling Station – Warminster, PA
November 9, 2016
As a part of the H2 Refuel H-Prize competition, the SimpleFuelä Team hosted a public Demo-Day, exhibiting the SimpleFuel Hydrogen Refueling Station. The event hosted at the headquarters of PDC Machines in Warminster, PA was attended by the members of the Department of Energy, industry participants, local government officials and the public interested in seeing the operation of the refueler and the fueling of a production model Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV.
SimpleFuel is a team comprised of three companies: Ivys Energy Solutions, PDC Machines, and McPhy North America, who bring together decades of industry experience in system integration, compression and electrolysis. The SimpleFuel product, is aimed at addressing specific needs of the hydrogen infrastructure in the automotive and industrial mobility applications. The team is currently using a Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell to demonstrate the system and expects to work with other automotive manufacturers in the near future to validate the product for automotive fueling.
“In order to make hydrogen fuel and fuel cell vehicles more accessible to customers worldwide, we developed SimpleFuel as a cost effective, safe and reliable fueling solution” said Darryl Pollica, the CEO of Ivys Energy Solutions. ‘We are delighted to have the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell CUV as a part of this project as it allows us to demonstrate the performance and capabilities of SimpleFuel with a commercially-available vehicle from Hyundai”.
The team is also working to deliver products in the industrial mobility market to support fueling of fuel cell forklifts in small and medium sized distribution centers. One of the advantages of a SimpleFuel Refuler is that it can be installed inside a distribution center which eliminates logistics risk of hydrogen delivery and operation under extreme weather conditions.
The testing for the H-Prize competition is expected to be complete in December 2016 following which the team will continue to work with customers, partners and suppliers to enable a commercial launch of the product in early 2017.
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Taking aim at the clean-energy holy grail: Turning water into fuel
It’s not exactly alchemy, but something magical is taking place inside an 8-foot-tall steel box at a Bucks County industrial park: The humming SimpleFuel machine is converting water into clean hydrogen motor fuel. For additional information .. click –>> http://www.philly.com/philly/business/400450471.html
For Warminster company, future lies in hydrogen fuel
With fuel cell cars hitting the roads now, the need for places to fuel them is becoming a critical challenge. That‘s why, in addition to supporting hydrogen station technology R&D, the Energy Department launched the H2 Refuel H-Prize in October 2014. This competition challenges American innovators to develop small-scale hydrogen generation and refueling systems. These systems could support the growing retail infrastructure by providing ways to fuel hydrogen vehicles at people’s homes, community centers, or businesses. Click here for the full publication
The SimpleFuel team, a consortium of The Fuel Cell Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) members PDC Machines (Warminster, PA), McPhy Energy NA (Newton, MA) and IVYS Energy Solutions (Somerville, MA), has been selected as the finalist in the Department of Energy H-Prize competition and the team is proud to demonstrate its innovative solution starting in the end of September. This solution will provide a new fueling option for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and enable a larger, more rapid deployment of these clean, zero emissions vehicles in the current and near future.
As part of our partnership with Warwick Township and the local fire departments, Kareem Afzal (PDC) and Darryl Pollica (IVYS Energy) were pleased to conduct a fire safety training for over 50 first responders, fire departments and hazmat responders. Three companies were present including Warwick Township, Hartsville Township and Northampton Township (all PA).
The Simplefuel team spent time at their first site at PDC Machines Plant 2 location in Warminster PA going over the principles of the system operation, first level fire safety with hydrogen and emergency procedures for the Simplefuel system and hydrogen FCEV.
The response and support of Warwick Township and the first responder community has been invaluable to this project and the team looks forward to continuing the engagement.
Pdc hosted a group of students from the Metalworking training program at Bucks County Community College.
One of the many new products unveiled at ACT Expo 2016 is an on-site hydrogen fueling solution from SimpleFuel (Booth 1712).
SimpleFuel comprises a team of three companies originally assembled to compete for the Department of Energy’s H2 Refuel “H-Prize” award: IVYS Energy Solutions, PDC Machines, and McPhy Energy.
Team representatives noted that SimpleFuel is the only company remaining in the H-Prize competition after two down-selections, with the only remaining activities involving delivery on the metrics during a demonstration later this year.
“It’s the combination of the abilities of the three organizations that ‘makes the magic,’” says Prabhu Rao, North American CEO for McPhy Energy.
The consortium has meanwhile unveiled “a hydrogen filling appliance that’s designed to provide cost-effective fueling.”
“We are putting it forth as a product that supports the development of the hydrogen infrastructure in California and other parts of the country,” explained Rao. “And what you see here is an integrated generation-compression-storage-dispense solution that uses water and electricity to generate high purity hydrogen at rates of approximately 10 kilograms per day dispensing at 700 bar and can satisfy a fleet of about 15 to 20 cars.”
“So, for about the same cost of one large station, we can deploy between ten and 15 of these, avoiding the fuel anxiety that some customers have,” he said.
Rao said that potential future applications include home fueling, workplace fueling, fleets and small retail stations.
“It’s very cost-effective in terms of capital,” he adds. “The footprint is very small and permitting is also easier because of the simplicity of the product.”
Asked about production possibilities, Rao said that the company is currently “building one for a customer” that will be delivered in September.
“Then we’re looking to ramp it up,” he said. “This is an appliance model of a solution. And when we say appliance you know that volume is behind it.”
PDC Machines will display a refueling solution at ACT Expo in Long Beach Convention Centre, 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach (CA) from May 3-5. At the clean transportation and alternative fuels tradeshow, PDC Machines and its consortium partners will present a compact and cost competitive SimpleFuel™ refueling solution for targeted fuel cell vehicle and material handling markets.
Warminster PA,– PDC Machines, a company specializing in hydrogen compression equipment for industry and energy markets, will present, SimpleFuel™ a refueling solution at its stand (No. 1712) at Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, the leading carbon free-mobility event in the United States to be held in Long Beach (CA) from May 3-5. IVYS Energy Solutions, PDC Machines and McPhy Energy are collaborating in the development of the SimpleFuel™ refueling solution.
This turnkey SimpleFuel™ refueling solution integrates on-site hydrogen generation, compression and dispense technologies in a compact footprint while ensuring safety and cost-effectiveness. The SimpleFuel™ product is targeted towards vehicle fueling markets such as residential, small fleets, work place, and service centres. In addition, the solution will also enable fuel cell material handling solutions to address the fueling needs of small distribution centres and retail stores.
Kareem Afzal, Vice President, will represent PDC Machines at ACT Expo.
PDC Machines showcased its new diaphragm compressor at the 12th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo 2016 at the Tokyo Big Sight, Japan, 2nd to 4th March 2016
PDC Machines, along with it’s Japanese partner Tokyo Boeki Machanics displayed it’s latest hydrogen compression technology which included PDC Machines 3 stage compressor boosting hydrogen gas from 6 barg/187 psig to 950 barg/13,778 psi providing a flow of 340 Nm3/hr. Motor size is 180 kW/241 hp.
After careful review of six submissions, an independent panel of judges for the U.S. Department of Energy’s H2 Refuel H-Prize selected Team SimpleFuelTM, which includes PDC Machines, as the finalist for the competition organized to develop an affordable small-scale hydrogen refueling system.
Warminster, PA USA February 11, 2016 – PDC Machines- the world leader in hydrogen compression solutions for hydrogen refueling stations and energy applications- along with its partners IVYS Energy Solutions (Massachusetts) and McPhy Energy North America (Massachusetts), is part of Team SimpleFuelTM which has been selected by an independent panel of judges and safety experts to develop a hydrogen refuelling solution as a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition.
This competition was launched by the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) in October 2014 to develop small-scale hydrogen refueling systems which can be used in homes, community centers, retail sites, or similar locations to fuel hydrogen vehicles. Such solutions will enable the broad adoption of hydrogen infrastructure across the country by providing another convenient fueling option for U.S. consumers adopting fuel cell electric vehicles.
Team SimpleFuelTM will have until July 2016 to deploy their home scale refueling system and prepare it for testing. The SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance is a fully integrated hydrogen generation, compression, storage and dispensing system capable of delivering up to 5 kg/day of hydrogen to vehicles at pressures up to 700 bar using hydrogen produced via electrolysis, with a design that minimizes setback distances and reduces its physical footprint. The project has been approved and permitted by Warwick Township and will be installed at PDC Machines Plant 2 location.
Data collection will end in October 2016 and will be used to determine if the SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance meets the technical and cost criteria to win the $1 million prize.
“We are very proud to be part of Team SimpleFuelTM that has been selected for the final stage of this competition. PDC and our partners are deeply honoured by the selection and to be a part of such a talented team. We look forward to the next phase of the competition,” says Kareem Afzal, Vice President of PDC Machines.
PDC Machines show cased it’s diaphragm compressor technology at the Middle East and North Africa Industrial Conference 7 – 9th December 2015.
Shown above is PDC Machines Vice President Kareem Afzal and Cid Bacellar of Fiba Technologies.
On Friday August 21st, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick visited PDC Machines. Congressman Fitzpatrick is a member of the Republican Party serving as the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district.
During his visit, PDC highlighted its capabilities in supplying compression systems and it’s active involvement as a component supplier, promoting the growth of commercial hydrogen refueling stations.
Shown above from left to right, Mateen Afzal, (General Manager and CFO), Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Syed M. Afzal, (President) and Kareem Afzal, (Vice President).
Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction, not combustion, so there are no polluting emissions, only water and heat as by-products. Many fuel cells are fueled with hydrogen, which can be derived from a wide range of sources, both traditional and renewable. This includes wind-powered electrolysis, the process of running electricity through water to generate hydrogen and oxygen. Since a fuel cell produces water as a by-product, it can become a sustainable closed-loop system.
The variable nature of wind lowers the efficiency of wind turbines, but fuel cells can provide base-load power that ensures a facility stays powered during times of low or no wind.
In areas with abundant wind, hydrogen and fuel cells are becoming a viable energy storage option. Power-to-Gas (P2G) projects, where the excess electrical energy can be used to produce hydrogen, are on the rise in Europe, mainly Germany, and many incorporate wind turbines. The hydrogen produced via wind electrolysis can then be injected into existing natural gas pipeline infrastructure, or stored and used at a later time to generate electricity in a stationary fuel cell or used to fuel up fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).
Interest in renewable power generation, and solar power in particular, is growing quickly in the United States in both the residential and utility markets. Unfortunately, when the sun is not shining, in inclement weather or at night, solar can be a limited power resource. Fuel cells are the perfect partner, able to generate supplemental power if solar resources are low during the day, or by providing electricity at night.
A synergy between the two technologies is further emphasized when using solar electrolysis to generate 100% renewable hydrogen that can be used for onsite fuel cell power generation or fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) fueling.
Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction, not combustion, producing zero or near-zero polluting emissions, depending on the fuel source. For larger stationary fuel cell systems, natural gas is the most common feedstock, relying on the widespread infrastructure of natural gas pipelines throughout the U.S. Some natural gas-fueled fuel cells have been running for more than a decade.
Fuel Cells and Natural Gas Benefits
Fuel cells are providing both primary power and back-up power to hundreds of sites across the country in a range of applications, including data centers, utilities, businesses, condominiums, grocers, hospitals, and more. Able to be installed as part of the electric grid, or in parallel to it, fuel cells provide seamless and reliable power without disruption due to grid failure or blackouts.
Fuel cells generate electricity using an electrochemical reaction, not combustion, so there are no polluting emissions, only water and heat as by-products. Many fuel cells are fueled with hydrogen, which can be derived from a wide range of traditional and renewable sources, including biogas.
Many facilities, such as wastewater treatment plants (WWTP), landfills, food/beverage processing facilities, wineries, breweries, dairies, large industrial factory farms and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), generate tons of organic waste as a byproduct of daily operations, be it sewage, effluent, food or animal waste, all of which can be expensive to remove and burdensome to store. These sites often use an anaerobic digester to convert the organic waste into methane or anaerobic digester gas (ADG), and then burn the ADG, in a combustion-based generator or flare it into the atmosphere to dispose of it. Although ADG is considered carbon-neutral since it is derived from an organic (non-fossil) source, flaring or burning leads to releases of direct and indirect GHGs and other air pollutants. Since ADG contains hydrogen, which is the fuel of choice for fuel cells, a cleaner, more efficient option is to use the gas in a fuel cell to generate electricity and heat for the plant, following a gas cleanup step.
With fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) on the roads in Southern California, Japan and Germany, and renewed automaker
commitments to increase production and sales in the next few years, many misconceptions and myths are being perpetuated by critics and those unfamiliar with the technology.
Fuel cells generate electricity using a chemical reaction, not combustion, to unleash a fuel’s latent energy. They are clean, quiet, efficient, and scalable, making fuel cells an excellent option in nearly every power application, including transportation.
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) has prepared this fact sheet to clear up some of the most
common myths about FCEVs and hydrogen.
Read more here from the published download
United States Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Vice President of Business Development Kareem Afzal when PDC Machines showcased its hydrogen compression technology and fuel cell hydrogen station systems integration capabilities at the 11th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo, FC Expo 2015, Tokyo, Japan.
PDC has delivered the compressor to a leading manufacturer of H2Station® hydrogen refueling stations which has supplied a Hydrogen Refueling Station in Hamburg for a major infrastructure provider in Germany which is part of a planned 50 station network in the country.
Today a video was released by Shell on Youtube showing the entire planning and construction process for the recently inaugurated hydrogen fueling station in Hamburg – delivered by H2 Logic.
H2 Logic delivers hydrogen fueling station for Hamburg – first to achieve German CEP approval
Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH inaugurated a new hydrogen fueling station in Hamburg Monday 16 Marts based on H2Station® technology from H2 Logic. The fueling station is the first in Germany to obtain a 2014 approval from the Public‐Private Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) after extensive third party acceptance and verification tests. This ensures that vehicle users experiences a fast and reliable fueling of hydrogen with long driving range, similar to that of gasoline vehicles.
The 20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2014 International Conference and Exhibition was held on June 15 – 20, 2014 at the Kimdaejung Convention Center, Gwangju, Korea.
The world’s hydrogen and fuel cell community came together in Gwangju, Korea for the World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2014 (WHEC 2014). The event covered hydrogen products, hydrogen distribution infrastructure, hydrogen storage, hydrogen component/ equipment manufacture, fuel cell manufacture, fuel cell vehicles and renewable energy.
An Air Force Research Laboratory project demonstrated its mission capability during a power outage at Joint Air and Naval Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii, Dec. 5.
A containerized hydrogen fuel cell back-up power solution commissioned by Hydrogenics Corporation, proved successful when it quickly engaged to replace power to its designated areas during the outage which affected the base for nearly 12 hours.
“The fuel cell system didn’t miss a beat, not even a single hertz,” said Mark Schultz, site manager for HydraFLX Systems, operator of the Hydrogen Station under a cooperative agreement with AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO).
The system was used to enable the continued operation of the Hickam Hydrogen Station, providing for the hydrogen fleet at JBPHH. This real world event proved to be a demonstration of the utility of Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology.
“The Hydrogenics fuel cell systems produced very high quality electrical power all night long – not a flicker, blip, dip or trip all night. No faults, warnings, nor any failures,” added Schultz. “We’re extremely pleased Hydrogenics backed up these proof-of concept trials. Our work resulted in a shining moment for fuel cells going toe-to-toe with our diesel counterparts.”
Hydrogen alternatives reduce the Air Force’s reliance on petroleum fuels for ground based vehicles and equipment through the adoption of alternative, renewable energy sources.
“If this had been a more serious crisis situation such as an earthquake or hurricane, in addition to demonstrating a fully off the grid Hydrogen Refueling Station, we would’ve also been filling the fuel cell vehicles as an emergency response fleet. We had enough fuel to power the station for 10 days and 10,000 road miles of equivalent hydrogen energy to the Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs).”
Hydrogenics fuel cell power modules are currently powering a number of FCVs, including buses that operate around the base.
“Events such as the outage at JBPHH help underscore the capabilities of hydrogen based power generation for critical applications,” said Daryl Wilson, Chief Executive Officer of Hydrogenics. “We salute the members of AFRL and HCATT for their forward thinking in applying this technology for the Hydrogen Station at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.” The fuel cell system project is an effort under AFRL’s Advanced Power Technology Office. The APTO program executes technology development and demonstration of alternative energy technologies on behalf of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Energy.
PDC Machines along with it’s representative in Japan Tokyo Boeki Mechanics exhibited PDC Machines diaphragm compressors for hydrogen service.
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy (shown above) visited PDC’s booth to learn about it’s capabilities. Kareem Afzal, Vice President of Business Development highlighted our experience in supplying compression systems for demonstration and commercial installations worldwide for hydrogen refueling of cars, buses and material handling equipment.
Kareem Afzal, PDC Machines, Vice President for Business Development, spoke at the Fifth World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC2013) Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China 25th – 28th September, 2013.
Mr. Afzal presented an over-view of the current status of the hydrogen re-fueling market for vehicles, buses and material handling.
He also noted PDC Machines, has more than 180 diaphragm compressors installed in hydrogen energy applications world-wide and emphasized PDC’s extensive experience in delivering 700 bar compressors.
Mr. Afzal confirmed PDC will continue to pursue the goal of cost effective solutions to deliver high pressure hydrogen. Currently PDC is actively refining and improving it’s technology and manufacturing methods used for 350 and 700 bar gas compression to enable commercialized solutions to take hold in the emerging marketplace.
PDC Machines is the world’s leading manufacturer of diaphragm compressors for use in the specialty gas, chemical, petrochemical, and renewable energy industries. Its’ diaphragm compressors are ideal for contamination-free and leak-tight gas compression of all types of gases where ultra-high purity gas is required.
To consolidate it’s global presence and to offer it’s local customers more effective service support, PDC Machines is proud to have appointed UMW Industrial Power Sdn Bhd as its representative in Malaysia.
Shown above is PDC Machines Kareem Afzal, Roslan Yahya and UMW marketing and after sales team.
UMW is a leading industrial enterprise with diverse and global interests in the automotive, equipment, manufacturing and engineering, and oil and gas industries. They are a recognized leading player in the Malaysian oil and gas industry with strong inspection and repair services to support the petroleum and petrochemicals industry.
UMW will be responsible for PDC Machines’ sales, marketing, local service support as well as quick delivery of spare parts.
Contact details on UMW and other PDC world-wide service centers, please visit our web page here.
PDC Machines Vice President of Business Development along with its representatives in China Silpac International represented PDC at Fifth World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Shanghai, China 25th through 28th September, 2013. PDC and Silpac highlighted PDC Machines capabilities to supply diaphragm compressors for use in a wide variety of applications including trans fill, Cylinder filling, Off-loading of gases from tube trailers, re-fueling vehicles, buses and materials handling, anywhere where ultra-high hydrogen purity compression is required. Kareem Afzal also spoke about the hydrogen infra-structure on the 27th of September.
Kareem Afzal, Vice President of Business Development, presents Beijing Longradar Technology & Trading Co. Ltd staff Mooncakes for the Chinese celebration of Moon Festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese peoples. The festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, during a full moon, which is in late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar, close to the autumnal equinox.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is also known by other names, such as:
• Moon Festival, because of the celebration’s association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship and moon gazing.
• Mooncake Festival, because of the popular tradition of eating mooncakes on this occasion.
PDC Machines exhibited its diaphragm compressors at the Gases and Welding Distributors Association ( GAWDA) Annual Convention September 15th – 18th, 2013, JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida.
PDC Machines, Garry Gallo, Service Manager & Sales and Marketing represented PDC at this event. Garry highlighted PDC’s capabilities to supply diaphragm compressors for use in a variety of gas applications including Trans fill, Cylinder filling, Off-loading of gases from tube trailers, anywhere where ultra-high purity compression is required.
PDC Machines Garry Gallo exhibited PDC Machines product lines pilot plants, stirred reactors, magnetic stirrers and syringe pumps at the 23rd Semi-Annual Catalysts show in Louisville Kentucky.
Diaphragm compressors are the preferred choice when contamination-free and leak-tight gas compression is required. Diaphragm compression achieves its high purity compression by isolating the pulsating hydraulic fluid from the process gas with a set of triple metallic diaphragms and a set of static seals. The reciprocating piston moves a column of high pressure hydraulic oil through a fixed cavity, which allows the diaphragms to compress and pump the process media.
PDC utilizes the latest technology in cavity contour design, diaphragm processing technology and metallurgical design to provide the longest lasting diaphragm life in the industry.
The typical markets for diaphragm compressors include:
• The industrial gases industry including transfilling, cylinder and tube trailer filling stations, and gas distribution markets such as helium, hydrogen, nitrogen, and argon among others.
• The specialty gases industry including electronics gases (silane, specialty gas blends), calibration gases among others.
• The alternative energy sectors including the hydrogen energy sectors, compressed natural gas applications and biogas industries.
PDC leads the industry in diaphragm life and our typical client reports between 6000 and 8000 hours of operating life from PDC machines diaphragms.
Low operating temperatures
Diaphragm compressors are well-suited for applications ranging from vacuum to pressure as high as 60,000 psig [4136 BARG]. Diaphragm compression is very unique in that compression application that could require three to five stages on traditional types of compressors, in diaphragm compressors can be done in one to two stages.
“Diaphragm compression is very unique in that compression application that could require three to five stages on traditional types of compressors can be done in one to two stages”
This is due to heat being dissipated in the mass of the large surface area of the compressor head assembly(s), the presence of pulsing oil and integral cooling of the compressor heads. Typically, diaphragm compression can run 20-60% cooler on outlet temperatures than other types of compression technology. This inherent advantage enables downstream cost benefits including lower operating and maintenance costs. PDC compressors run a compression cycle that is more isentropic than adiabatic and this enables – in certain applications – compression ratios as high as 100:1.
High efficiency and low-power
From an efficiency perspective, diaphragm compressors provide outstanding results.
Due to horizontally opposed crankcase designs, PDC compressors, for example,
can achieve up to 33% brake horsepower reduction in running power, as opposed to traditional in-line opposed designs with high suction pressures.
Volumetric efficiencies run between 87% and 94% depending on the compressor size, and isentropic efficiencies upwards of 90%. This all correlates to maximizing the return on the capex spent with low power requirements and high efficiencies.
Integral hydraulic lube oil system
With all PDC compressors, automatic priming pumps are included as a standard, eliminating the priming problems typically associated with gravity-fed lube oil pumps or hand crank devices. This automatic system works in tandem with an automatic injection pump assembly which injects a fixed volume of oil into the compressor head assemblies during each suction stroke.
This injection pump acts as a compensation pump device, compensating for the following:
• Normal oil leakages past the high pressure oil piston
• Compressibility of the oil under high pressure
• Providing for over-pump to ensure the diaphragm makes a complete sweep of the process cavity, enabling full efficiency during each compression stroke.
Standard diaphragm or seal failure leak detection systems are provided on all PDC diaphragm compressors. This interlock stops the compressor upon a failure of either a process or oil side diaphragm or seal.
Due to the inherent nature of diaphragm compressors, there is no possibility of leakage of the process media to the atmosphere, the crankcase or into the hydraulic oil. This enables the compression of pyrophoric, explosive, radioactive and other hazardous gases, without the need to purge crankcases or manage gas leakage past the main seals.
PDC Machines’ European partner sera show- cased their and our diaphragm compression systems at Hannover Messe 2013 in Germany
HANNOVER MESSE 2013 drew to a successful close on Friday. Over the past several days, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology has underscored its role as a key driver of the fourth industrial revolution. Exhibitors and visitors alike have given this year’s HANNOVER MESSE very high marks, particularly for its keynote theme of “Integrated Industry”, which highlights a sweeping trend towards cross-industry networking and integration.
PDC Machines exhibited at the FC EXPO-International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo-Japan 2013 27th March to April 1st 2013 at the Tokyo International Exhibition Center (Tokyo Big Sight). The FC Expo is the world’s largest exhibition featuring all kinds of products/equipment/technologies related to the r&d and manufacturing of fuel cells & hydrogen. For additional details on this event, we invite you to visit the this link: FC EXPO Details Here
Sukan Engineering show cased PDC’s diaphragm compressors at the recently concluded 35th Seminar on Industrial Gases organized by All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association (AIIGMA) on 20TH, 21ST and 22ND January 2013 was held in Hotel Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
The Seminar was a stupendous success with participation of over 270 delegates from major gas manufacturers from different parts of India and all over the World. The foreign delegates numbering over 55 included members from neighboring countries, like Bhutan, China and Sri Lanka, and Other countries, like: Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, U.A.E, UK, USA.
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The fuel gas industry has taken prominence in the world-wide transportation sector for many years now. Be it for transportation, material handling or power plant applications, the fuel sector is part of the dialogue in the national and international lexicon like never before.
Whether the discussion is from the prospective “Alternative fuels for a cleaner tomorrow” or “Alternatives to petrol fuels”, let’s take a look at the fuel gas industry for the transportation sector and a brief description of the world-wide industry.
Hydrogen Fueling Stations Open in Norway and Switzerland with Hydrogenics Electrolyzers and PDC Machines Compressors.
The city of Oslo, Norway inaugurated a hydrogen fueling station which uses two Hydrogenics HySTAT™ Electrolyzers to convert renewable electricity to hydrogen fuel. The launch was hosted by the Mayor of Akershus County, Nils Aage Jegstad, in coorporation with the Vice Mayor for Environment and Transport in Oslo, Ola Elvestuen and The Managing Director of Ruter, Bernt Reitan Jenssen. Ruters, a public transport company made the investment, backed by both European (under the CHIC project) and National funding.
PDC Machines has exhibited at the 20:20 Vision North America Industrial Gas Conference December 15th through 12th 2012 at the Miami Mariott Biscayne Bay Hotel.
At this conference, PDC Machines Vice President and Project Engineer had the opportunity to meet with several members active in the gas industry and highlighted the features, benefits and applications of our diaphragm compressors.
Over the last five years, the worldwide hydrogen energy economy has seen quite an expansion considering
various government budget cuts, alternative energy fad’s coming in and out, and general industry re-positioning.
In light of all of this turmoil, tremendous industry learning and growth is taking place in key sectors worldwide.
In North America, for example, the material handling market is proving to be an early commercialisation opportunity for industrial gas suppliers, component suppliers, and small and large warehouse distribution centres taking advantage of the inherent advantages of hydrogen powered forklifts.
PDC Machines, the worlds leading diaphragm compressor manufacturer located in Warminster PA, proudly announces the completion of their ISO 9001:2008 quality management process certification (Dekra ISO Certification number 1112232.01). “This is the completion of a long envisioned goal by PDC Machines and our staff,” says Kareem Afzal, VP of Business Development. “The dedication of the entire PDC Machines team toward this goal was truly exemplary and we know this only enhances the world renowned quality that our clients worldwide have come to expect from PDC Machines over the last 35 years.”
PDC Machines is an ISO9001:2008 certified company that provides engineered solutions for specialty gas and chemical processing equipment worldwide. Our state-of-the-art products are the top choice of industrial gas and renewable energy companies. We work closely with our clients to design, fabricate, test, and install custom-made products from diaphragm compressors to alternative energy equipment, pilot plants, reactors, stirrers, pumps, and more. Established in 1977, PDC Machines is a 2nd generation family-owned and operated business that is rooted in innovation, business discipline, fair pricing, and a deep commitment to our employees, clients, and the communities we serve.
Cylinder filling compressor operations: A case study
PDC Machines addresses the changing trends for cylinder filling, as Osama Al-Qasem explains in a case study for gasworld.
In the industrial gas industry, transfilling sites relied on the delivery of large tube trailers of packaged gases to be transfilled and compressed into bulk packs and individual cylinders for the packaged gas industry. For years filling centres would conduct the operation and leave a small amount of gas left in the tube trailer (500 psi worth) and return the trailer and get credit on the unused gas.
This was the most expedient approach. However, with the increase in worldwide energy and commodity costs the trend changed to empty the trailer as much as possible. PDC Machines has been supplying diaphragm compression systems for these types of cylinder filling centers for decades. Historically, PDC has been supplying two models, one for slow fills and one for fast fills.
PDC Machines, compressing its way to a greener future
Founded by Syed Afzal in 1977, PDC Machines, Inc. began as a one- man business in a home garage. “I dedicated my work to trouble-shooting chemical engineering equipment troubles and providing design services to a handful of clients,” says Afzal.
Today, PDC Machines is a multi-million dollar leader in providing engineered solutions for gas and chemical processing equipment worldwide. The company has 54 employees occupying two facilities and more than 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space, which utilizes cutting-edge technology and is ever- expanding, with 16 computer numerical control machines. The company’s state- of-the-art gas compression systems and products are the top choice of industrial gas, renewable energy, chemical, petrochemical, gas, and pharmaceutical companies and governments.
Kareem Afzal concludes, “All aspects of our diaphragm compressor design are intended to enhance component life. Our cavity contours are computer-engineered, using in house finite element analysis techniques, so our clients end up with compressors that last.”
“Whether we’re making diaphragm compressors, hydrogen refuelling equipment or any of our other products, our ultimate goal is to provide the highest quality, lowest cost commercial solutions for our customers.”
“We’re proud to take a leading role as a component supplier to the budding hydrogen industry”.