Diaphragm Compressors for Hydrogen Vehicles, Buses and Material Handling Vehicles

Hydrogen diaphragm compressors and hydrogen fuel cell refueling stations; solar panel manufacturing; hydrogen generation via wind power

Renewable energy and energy efficient technology are the keys to creating a cleaner environment. As a hydrogen compressor manufacturer, PDC Machines’ high pressure diaphragm compressors are instrumental in the development of clean, renewable energy sources like hydrogen fuel cells systems, solar power, wind energy and biomass power.


Fuel cell technology

PDC Machines has developed partnerships with the largest gas producers, researchers, and technology companies to create practical and commercial worldwide acceptance of hydrogen as an energy source. PDC’s gas compression equipment can be found in commercial installations worldwide for hydrogen refueling of vehicles, buses and material handling vehicles. Today our expertise in hydrogen fueling is demonstrated globally with more than 200 compressors installed in variety of hydrogen energy applications.


Hydrogen Gas Compressor

Two-stage hydrogen diaphragm compressor supplied to Air Liquide for 350 and 700 bar re-fueling, as part of it’s hydrogen refueling station located in Korea for the Korea Automobile Testing & Research Institute (KATRI).


Diaphragm compressors for 350 bar and 700 bar gas compression

PDC Machines is the leader in engineering and manufacturing practices and methods used for the production of 350 and 700 bar gas compressors. This, in part, has enabled these applications to further develop from the demonstration phase to commercialized solutions in this emerging marketplace. In addition to our 700 bar compressor options, PDC can also provide up to 1000 bar solutions for specialized applications. Flow rates from 81 to 4,000 Nm3/h are possible for fueling hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.



PDC-SP-900-5000-15000 Three-Stage Compressor, Hydrogen Fuel Stations, 950 BAR/ 14,000 PSI Discharge Pressure , 50 kg/hr Flow Rate, 180 kW/ 241 HP Power. Location: Japan


Diaphragm compressors for material handling vehicles

PDC compressors have also found application in commercial distribution facilities. Lead/acid battery operated fork lifts and material handling vehicles are converted using fuel cell power packs which are fueled with compressed hydrogen. Here, compressor typically operate at discharge pressures to 7,500 psig (517 barg) and flow rates from 5 to 25 kg/h (50 to 280 Nm3/h).


Compressed Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Diaphragm compressors for material handling vehicles.


Solar energy

PDC Machines’ compressors re-circulate process gases for the production of polysilicon and other solar panel coatings and substrates. They also compress gases for crystalline and thin film photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules for solar energy applications.

“The solar industry will advance through a rapid transition in the development and research of materials, devices and processes. PDC Machines, Inc compressors enable further advancements in our production efficiencies and enable us to decrease fabrication costs beyond that of traditional compressors, ultimately building a more competitive solar industry.” 
— AE Polysilicon Corporation.


Equipment packaging

With over 30 years of experience in high-pressure hydrogen compression system integration and process knowledge, we are the preferred source for component and systems packaging for hydrogen fueling applications.


Hydrogen Fuel Cell Station

PDC Machines packaged a fueling station inside a container for Air Liquide, for delivering hydrogen to it’s client in Oshawa, Canada for material handling.