If you have ever refuelled a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered car, then the chances are you have experienced WEH’s products first hand.
The German industrial hardware manufacturer, which celebrates half a century of operations in 2023, has been addressing the need for hydrogen refuelling components for 25 years.
Founded in 1973 as a one-man business, WEH has built a reputation for making connectors for pressure, function and leak testing plus the filling and evacuating of gaseous media in sectors such as manufacturing, automotive, gas and refrigeration.
In 1986, the WEH product range was extended to include refuelling components for compressed natural gas (CNG) and later on hydrogen, through a division called WEH GmbH Gas Technology.
Today, WEH is world leader in alternative refuelling components and its NGV1 CNG fuelling system is the global standard. But it is in hydrogen that WEH sees its future.
“As pioneers in the field, we set the gold standard internationally, and our innovative refuelling solutions play a pivotal role in not only advancing hydrogen technology but also in establishing widespread societal acceptance,” says the company.
“Today, hydrogen refuelling stations and fuel cell vehicles worldwide rely on WEH’s refuelling components, a testament to our leadership in the hydrogen market.”
Looking to satisfy growing hydrogen demand in mobility, particularly in the heavy-duty transport sector, WEH offers a product range that includes receptacles, check valves and filters for vehicles and nozzles, breakaway couplings, filters, check valves and hoses for fuelling stations.
As well as providing a range of products designed to cover every hydrogen refuelling need, WEH has a presence in more than 60 countries and carries out rigorous testing throughout its development process to safeguard product quality and safety.
“Customers choose WEH for our extensive experience, high-quality products, and ability to offer comprehensive hydrogen refuelling solutions,” the company says.
“The increasing global emphasis on renewable energy and emissions reduction has generated interest in hydrogen as a clean energy carrier.”
This presents opportunities for companies such as WEH to innovate and develop products that support the expansion of hydrogen infrastructure for vehicles and industrial applications, says the company.
Nevertheless, “One of the primary challenges in the hydrogen market is achieving broad societal acceptance,” according to WEH.
“While the potential of hydrogen as a clean energy solution is evident, there’s a need to overcome scepticism and establish hydrogen as a viable and safe refuelling pathway. This challenge underscores the importance of innovations that enhance the user experience and address safety.”
WEH aims to improve the social acceptability of hydrogen through innovations such as a refuelling nozzle that can operate at 70 megapascals, or about 700 times atmospheric pressure.
“Our unwavering commitment to developing reliable and safe products aligns perfectly with our overarching goal—to make hydrogen a viable and accessible refuelling option for everyone,” says WEH.
“As a company deeply rooted in the hydrogen sector, we remain dedicated to advancing and promoting clean energy solutions, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.”