Burckhardt to deliver H2 diaphragm compressor to Hungary

By Keefe Borden29 July 2021

Burckhardt’s diaphragm compressor.

Burckhardt Compression will deliver a diaphragm compressor as part of project to build a long-term storage facility for hydrogen in an underground gas storage system. Hungarian Gas Storage Ltd. won a tender from the Hungarian government to build a hydrogen plant near an underground gas storage facility it currently owns.

The produced hydrogen will be mixed into natural gas and utilized for its own gas engines and furnaces, reducing CO2 emissions in the process. The project will require a diaphragm compressor to pump hydrogen into the underground storage facility, where it will be held at pressures above 100 bar to reduce storage volume.

The diaphragm compressor system designed by Burckhardt is capable of compressing hydrogen from 30 to at least 250 bar, the company announced. Burckhardt will manufacture the diaphragm compressor at a facility in Shenyang, China before it will be shipped as a skidded compression unit to GanzAir Compressortechnics in Hungary.

The compressor skid will include lube oil system, motor, gas cooler, instrumentation and control system and a closed cooling water loop with air cooler. Burckhardt’s MD10-L compressor system is specifically designed for hydrogen applications and capable of compressing hydrogen at a high pressure while ensuring high purity.

GanzAir is a Hungarian manufacturer and system integrators in the field of compressor technology, with over 30 years of experience. GanzAir produces standard industrial and special units as well, for example gas compressors for upstream and CNG, brake compressors for locomotives and other vehicles, starter compressors for ship diesels and for emergency gensets.

GanzAir also makes related products in the field of compression, purification and distribution of air and industrial gases.

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