Wystrach to become part of Hexagon Purus - Two market leaders in the hydrogen sector join forces
Wystrach to become part of Hexagon Purus, a global leader in zero emission mobility. The combination brings unprecedented expertise and capacity together to create the industry leader in hydrogen storage solutions.
Hexagon Purus is the leading provider of hydrogen type 4 high-pressure cylinders, fuel storage and distribution systems, and commercial vehicle battery pack and electric drivetrain solutions. The company has more than 50 years of experience with composite high-pressure technology and clean fuel systems. Its European cylinder production facility is located in Kassel, Germany.
Wystrach specializes in the metalworking required to create the steel structures and piping for hydrogen cylinder systems. It has established itself as an innovation leader in the industry by developing and building end-to-end transport and storage solutions for industrial gases and hydrogen.more
Weezer hydrogen technology for energy transition
“We need highly specialized companies like Wystrach for the energy transition. That’s why I’m so happy to be here.” With this statement, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier began his tour of the Weeze-based company on Sunday evening. CEO Wolfgang Wolter also made a rather fitting announcement concerning the company’s next stage of expansion: two new production plants and an office building are set to be built on the company premises next year. This multimillion investment will create 100 jobs.
“We’re delighted that the federal economy minister has chosen to underline the importance of hydrogen technology by visiting our company. Our discussions showed him to be well-versed in the topic and receptive to our concerns. We enjoyed an open dialogue and saw eye to eye,” said Wolter after speaking to the minister. At the start of Altmaier’s visit, both the CEO and Matthias Kötter, Head of Sales, had the opportunity to meet with him for a 45-minute talk, where they exchanged ideas and opinions. The minister was then joined by several guests for a tour of the company. Highlights included a hydrogen tank system that Wystrach had developed for technology company Alstom; the system is used to power trains from the French rolling stock manufacturer with zero emissions. The managers also presented the innovative “WyRefueler” mobile hydrogen refueling station. Altmaier was visibly impressed: “I’ve learned a lot today.”more
Deutsche Bahn chooses Wystrach for hydrogen refueling station
As a partner in the joint H2goesRail project, German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is trialing a green hydrail mobility solution. The system comprises a newly developed hydrogen-powered train together with a plug-and-play hydrogen refueling station. For the latter, Deutsche Bahn has chosen a solution from Wystrach.
Rapid refueling of large hydrogen volumes
“With a view to replacing diesel, hydrogen generated from green electricity is forging a path toward climate neutrality,” says Torsten Schein, CEO of DB Energie. “Refueling that’s as fast, reliable, and competitive as conventional diesel systems is the key to successfully establishing green hydrogen in rail applications. This refueling infrastructure is hugely important—it’s a game changer that will set standards.”
Wystrach supplies four 500-bar containers for hydrogen refueling station
Infraserv Höchst has chosen Wystrach as a systems supplier for its hydrogen refueling station under construction in Frankfurt. For this project, Wystrach, a family-owned company based in Weeze, Germany, is providing four 500-bar WyCarrier hydrogen storage systems. The hydrogen refueling station, which is scheduled to open in 2022, will be used for trains that run on fuel cells.
Storage capacity for 4,400 kg of hydrogen for 27 locomotives
“With four 40 ft containers, the storage system has the capacity to hold 4,400 kg of hydrogen. When integrated into the planned refueling station infrastructure, the storage system will be able to service all 27 of the fuel-cell trains currently envisaged for the fleet,” says Elmar Horn, Technical Project Manager at Infraserv Höchst.
Stationary, but also suitable for transportation
Wystrach designs, develops, and builds the containers in Weeze, Germany. “The system incorporates Type IV cylinders for 500-bar storage, providing an optimum cost-benefit ratio,” says Wolfgang Wolter, CEO Sales at Wystrach. “What’s special about our hydrogen storage system is that it’s essentially a stationary solution, but if required, it can be transported on a chassis. ADR certification offers great flexibility for this use case.”
Wystrach provides the tank system for a hydrogen-powered truck
A truck with a hydrogen fuel-cell drive will take to the streets of the greater Stuttgart area this fall. The prototype of the all-electric truck, which has a gross vehicle weight of 26 metric tons, is currently being built within the Hylix-B project. “We want to demonstrate that a fuel-cell truck can be built using components available on the market today,” explains Sebastian Wider, one of the project initiators. “We have the technology, and it’s safe and ready to go.”
Bespoke tank systems with a 350-bar pressure rating
As a systems supplier, Wystrach is providing the hydrogen tank system for the prototype, bringing its vertical integration and its experience with hydrogen applications to the table. “We worked in close coordination with Wystrach to come up with a bespoke tank system and first-class solutions for complex elements, such as the connection between the tank and vehicle,” Wider explains. The installed system comprises five 350-liter tanks, providing capacity for about 40 kilograms of hydrogen at a pressure rating of 350 bar. “Our system operates at a supply pressure of 9 bar and features various safety elements and sensors,” says Robert Stockmann, technical product designer and project lead at Wystrach.
The sharing of experience and a partnership of equals are hallmarks of the Hylix-B project. In fact, the Reallabor project hub is designed to facilitate close collaboration among developers of the individual components and the core team. Led by Prof. Ralf Wörner, a team at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences is managing the project, which aims to research the practicality, economic viability, and social acceptance of using fuel-cell technology in trucks. Funding for the Hylix-B project is provided by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection, and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg.
Range of 400 kilometers
“Our prototype will have a range of about 400 kilometers and will be more cost-effective to operate than existing zero-emissions alternatives,” Wider says. “Collaborating so intensively with our partners means we know the components and their optimization potential inside out – and naturally we’ll apply those insights as we continue to develop the technology.”
Plug & play hydrogen storage for research plant in Sweden
The Zero Emission Hydrogen Turbine Center (ZEHTC) project in the Swedish region of Östergötland aims to demonstrate how a pioneering emissions-free and stable energy system can function. The system comprises a photovoltaic system, an electrolyzer, a membrane compressor, a hydrogen storage unit, a fuel cell, pipes, and control units, and the assembly as a whole is connected to a gas turbine test facility.
It is relatively easy to retool gas turbines to handle renewable fuels instead of natural gas. In addition, they can quickly supply balancing power whenever wind, water, or solar power generation dips. The ZEHTC plant will be used to research the control and optimization of this kind of complex energy system.
Coronavirus / Medical gases
Like all companies at present, we too are feeling the impact of the coronavirus. Every effort is being made to ensure we meet our delivery commitments. Here at Wystrach, we naturally rolled out the measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute for containing the virus early on.
However, because the situation is still evolving rapidly, we cannot rule out that our delivery performance will change in the near future. We will do our best to communicate this in due course.
For many things at the moment, it is impossible to say what will happen next. However, it appears that demand for medical gases may increase. This has implications for the provision of bundles as well as periodic inspections. In light of the current situation, now more than ever we want to be able to provide a sufficient volume of products and services. For this reason, we ask that if you have any requests in this area, please get in touch with us promptly at sales_at_wystrach-gmbh.de. Giving us early notice will help us plan our staff capacity accordingly and to order the necessary components quickly.
Thank you for your understanding. Stay healthy!
Jochen Wystrach and Wolfgang Wolter
Pre-assembled H2 tank systems for the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train
Wystrach supplies tank systems for Alstom’s Coradia iLint
High-pressure systems specialist Wystrach is providing the tank systems for full-scale production of Alstom’s Coradia iLint. “We’re delighted that Alstom awarded us the contract for this prestigious project,” Wystrach managing director Jochen Wystrach says. In its capacity as a systems supplier, Wystrach is providing the components pre-assembled for installation at Alstom’s production facility in Salzgitter.
“For each railcar, we supply two fuel tank compositions (FTCs), each consisting of four modules plus a control system, which were specially developed for installation on the roof of the trains,” explains Wolfgang Wolter, also managing director at Wystrach. With a full tank, the Coradia iLint has a range of around 1,000 kilometers.more