Hydrogen plays an important role in the measurements to curb climate change. In addition to the use of renewable energies for power generation and electromobility, alternatives to fossil fuels are needed, for example, for use in industry and heavy-duty transport. Hydrogen has a decisive advantage here: its combustion does not produce any climate-damaging CO2 emissions, only water vapor.
But hydrogen is not automatically climate-friendly. To produce the energy carrier in a climate-neutral way, the electricity required for the electrolysis process must be generated from renewable energies. The value chain of "green" hydrogen therefore already begins with the energy generation for its production and is full of technical challenges right up to its use in industry and transport. As an expert in explosion protection, Pepperl+Fuchs offers the appropriate products and solutions to ensure safe automated processes along the hydrogen value chain.
Learn more about the stations that the lightest element in the universe passes through from production to the application and what contribution Pepperl+Fuchs products make in the process. Discover our HydroGene!
A prerequisite for the climate-friendly generation of hydrogen is the use of renewable energies. Pepperl+Fuchs offers a wide range of components that optimize the energy yield in wind and solar plants—from encoders and inductive sensors on the rotor blade of a wind turbine to inclination sensors that align solar collectors perfectly with the sun.
Transporting hydrogen is technically challenging. Not only because it is an explosive gas, but also because it must be compressed for transport. Various products and solutions from Pepperl+Fuchs are used both in gas pressure control and measurement systems and on the gas tanker to monitor valve positions and ensure reliable signal transmission.
Hydrogen plays an important role when it comes to replacing fossil fuels in industry, for example, in the particularly energy-intensive production of chemicals, cement, or steel. Pepperl+Fuchs offers the industry various sensor solutions for monitoring valves on transport pipelines and smart glasses to support their maintenance, as well as interface technology for burner control and identification solutions for AGVs operated with hydrogen.
While the actual refueling process at a hydrogen filling station is not much different from that at a conventional filling station, there are many things that run differently in the background: from the delivery of the hydrogen to its storage and dispensing at the pump. Pepperl+Fuchs offers products and solutions that enable safe processes and convenient refueling.
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