Following thirty years of research and development, Galileo Technologies has introduced the H-Patagonia™ Station, a compact hydrogen (H2) fueling station equipped to rapidly fuel vehicles in only three minutes. The module offers hydrogen compression, storage, and fueling for light vehicles or fleets of buses, trucks, boats, or other fuel-cell propelled vehicles (FCVs). The new station will have public and private applications as it advances net-zero emissions goals in transportation and drives innovation around FCV technology.
Equipped with two dispensing nozzles for H2 compressed at 35 and 70 megapascals (MPa) (slightly over 5,000 and 10,000 psi), H-Patagonia’s three minute refueling speed puts hydrogen ahead of other zero-emission options such as electric cars. As zero emission transportation options become more available, Galileo has leveraged their research and technology to meet consumer needs for Hydrogen FCVs.
“We have seen how fuel cell costs have more than halved in recent years and are now close to 3% of 2005 values, while their durability and performance extend to new record levels,” said Osvaldo del Campo, CEO of Galileo Technologies, “While there is still much to be developed in the automotive industry to optimize costs, one of the main gaps between consumers and FCVs is the absence of infrastructure for hydrogen refueling. At Galileo, we have always sought to overcome the chicken or the egg dilemmas by betting on technology. Only by removing barriers for consumers will we be able to develop the critical mass that will put FCVs on the streets and which, in turn, will justify increased production of green and blue hydrogen.”
Currently, FCV development remains in its early stages, with a lot of potential for growth. Characterized as zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), FCVs do not emit greenhouse gases (GHG), particulates, sulfur oxides (SOx) or ground-level ozone (O3) —only water vapor. H-Patagonia will support the innovation and development of new FCV technology for consumers.
“We have a total commitment to decarbonization and making progress in the energy transition. This launch supplements our RNG Solutions for the production of renewable natural gas as zero/negative emission fuel solutions” said del Campo, “We are also working on the development of a steam methane (CH4) reforming process with carbon capture and a liquefaction and storage (CCUS) for the production of H2 from biomass.”
Through developments such as H-Patagonia, Galileo Technologies envisions a future “Third Industrial Revolution” that will digitize a variety of energy vectors with reduced or zero emissions. “Our vision is guided by the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which highlights the importance of keeping global warming below 2°C, a target involving 25% decarbonization by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2070.”