Within the hydrogen pressure tank industry, APEX, in collaboration with partners and public research institutes such as the Fraunhofer Institute from Rostock, has developed a PED (Pressure Equipment Directive) hydrogen storage system with 10 type IV pressure vessels installed within a standard 20’ container. The carbon-fiber-reinforced tank features an industry-leading (internally tried and tested) hydrogen-tight plastic lining. The utilization of carbon fiber reduces the component weight to a faction of comparable steel tanks and results in outstanding dynamic load resistance, incorporating the highest safety and lifetime requirements.
Further development is currently being carried out in-house by APEX. There are also plans to start a production line for a type IV carbon fibre pressure vessel. These tanks will then be used for the transport of hydrogen and hydrogen fuel tanks in maritime applications.
Together with established research institutions (most notably the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis), the Rostock-based company is working on the next major breakthrough: the chemical storage of hydrogen.