KLINGER ball valves for Tyrolean hydrogen pioneers

In Europe’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant, products from KLINGER Gebetsroither are now ensuring operational safety. On how the Upper Austrian technology company has designed and supplied valves for hydrogen in perfect cooperation with the Tyrolean food retailer MPreis. Industrial valves play an important role in hydrogen production when it comes to safely operate a system using such a challenging medium as hydrogen (H2). In Tyrol it is currently seeing how the new technology can be used in an environmentally friendly way: The food manufacturer MPreis has invested EUR 13M in the largest single-stack electrolysis system in Europe to date at the company’s location in Völs. The hydrogen, produced from renewable sources, will also be utilized for a large bakery and its transport trucks. KLINGER Gebetsroither is the supplier of important components to this end.

“KLINGER ball valves have been installed in this hydrogen plant. We implemented the project together with the plant construction company Bilfinger,” says Gerhard Praxmarer, Sales Manager at KLINGER Gebetsroither. Around 200 valves have been installed, including around 70 KLINGER KHA-FL-XC stainless steel ball valves and double-block-and-bleed (DBB). But that’s not all: about 130 pieces of valves, such as steel ball valves (KHA-FL-VIII), monoball ball valves, brass ball valves, and non-return valves have additionally been mounted.

KLINGER Gebetsroither demonstrated its competence in dealing with sensitive media right from the moment the order was placed. “We were able to point out to the customer that the tender listed a number of specifications for the high-pressure area that were not necessary for the hydrogen system. Our PN40 valves are already designed for the standard operating pressure of 36 bar. We were therefore able to offer both a technically and financially ideal solution,” says Markus Fuchs. The sales technician and product manager at KLINGER Gebetsroither, responsible for project management, worked closely with the partners at Bilfinger. Being commissioned by the largest plant manufacturer in the German-speaking region also shows that KLINGER Gebetsroither is renowned for its expertise well beyond the borders of Austria.

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