PRF Gas Solutions has officially launched its DRHYVE portable hydrogen car refueling station.
This mobile refueling station, a first in Portugal, will be used to recharge fuel-cell automobiles.
The new hydrogen refueling station, dubbed DRHYVE, presently supplies 350 bar to heavy and light cars and will eventually supply 700 bar to light vehicles. The system was implemented in the Portuguese city of Cascais and now supplies two buses that are also made locally (by Caetano Bus), as well as a light car.
According to Bruno Faustino, Director of the Hydrogen Business Unit, “PRF already has in construction the 2nd DRHYVE station and, although this station does not have its own production, we are already designing stations with its own local production of hydrogen, making the systems fully autonomous.”
PRF designed, developed, and built the DRHYVE station entirely in Portugal. It is the first of many hydrogen refueling stations that PRF aims to create, similar to the countless CNG/LNG units that PRF has designed, developed, and installed throughout the world.
Paulo Ferreira, PRF´s CEO, said “We are very pleased to have launched in Portugal the first of many DRHYVE stations (PHRS – portable hydrogen refuelling station) that PRF will build. Hydrogen will play a very important role in mobility and in a short time we will have important fleets of vehicles with hydrogen fuel-cells, and we are sure that the important role that PRF has in the refuelling stations for natural gas vehicles, will also have in the hydrogen refuelling stations.
PRF has 30 years of activity and 20 years of experience in gas refuelling stations. Hydrogen is quite a different product from natural gas but the process is very similar, so much of the knowledge and experience gained is now naturally applied to hydrogen refuelling stations.”