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PDC Machines to better serve the hydrogen economy with new facility
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PDC Machines to better serve the hydrogen economy with new facility

PDC Machines is rapidly increasing production of its diaphragm gas compressors, having signed the lease on a new 148,000 square foot facility in Lower Salford, Pennsylvania to help better serve the global hydrogen economy.

The manufacturer on Thursday (Sep 23) said the new building will enable a scale up in production of both its diaphragm compressors and other products, ramping its capacity to thousands of units per year.

Arguably the heart of a hydrogen refuelling station, the compressor is key, and makes the infrastructure come to life. Station developers simply could not dispense a product without compressors and technologies. It’s the compression technologies that essentially enable refuelling at speeds of three-to-five minutes.

With PDC, the focus is on diaphragm compression. This means no lubricants involved in the compressor and, therefore, no or less potential for impurities to get through the compression stage and into the final hydrogen fuel, resulting in a cleaner and green refill.

On the new facility, Kareem Afzal, CEO of PDC Machines, said, “Our leadership team at PDC is thrilled with the opportunity this expansion presents bringing scale to the rapidly expanding demand of the hydrogen market. We look forward to supporting our customer-partners as they advance decarbonisation work for a sustainable future for our planet.”

The new facility will start production by the end of Q1 2022.

Green in more ways than one: An interview with PDC Machines

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Ever since its founding in a Philadelphia-based garage back in 1977, the story of PDC Machines has been an eventful one. And what once stood as an industrial gases and chemicals solutions provider, is now one of world’s most renowned compressor manufacturers, supplying the hydrogen economy globally.

PDC Machines’ diaphragm gas compressors are integral to hydrogen refuelling stations and therefore a product which is currently very high in demand due to the ever-evolving hydrogen mobility market. In fact, PDC Machines’ CEO Kareem Afzal explained just how integral the company’s products are, when he sat down with H2 View for an exclusive interview.

“Today, our unit volume is more than double the volume of last year and our revenue is 80% higher than last year. Companies around the world are using our product to fuel cars, forklifts, busses, trucks, planes and trains; really anything that requires high pressure compression for mobility applications, energy storage and a variety of other energy applications,” Afzal enthused.

Arguably the heart of a hydrogen refuelling station, the compressor is key, and makes the infrastructure come to life. Station developers simply could not dispense a product without compressors and technologies. It’s the compression technologies that essentially enable refuelling at speeds of three-to-five minutes.

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