The energy crisis is unprecedented and is driving the cost-of-living crisis. Last October, 4.5 million UK households were in fuel poverty. Now National Energy Action estimates there are 6.7 million. By April, this figure is expected to reach 8.4 million.

In this blog we look at the main uses of hydrogen and how Orbital Fabrications is the perfect partner to manufacture your hydrogen fuel system.

Hydrogen can be used as a fuel in two main ways, it can be combusted directly, or it can be fed into a hydrogen fuel cell to generate electricity. Hydrogen is a highly flexible fuel with a variety of different applications:

Transport: Hydrogen can be used to fuel buses, freight and trains. The use of hydrogen to power vehicles will depend on hydrogen fuel cells becoming cheaper and hydrogen refuelling stations becoming more common.

Power generation: Hydrogen is one of the leading options for turning renewable energy sources into a fuel that can then be stored and transported over long distances.

Heating: Hydrogen has huge potential to replace natural gas as a way of heating domestic and commercial buildings via existing natural gas infrastructure. Hydrogen boilers and domestic hydrogen fuel cells require further development but could play an important role in the future.

Industry: Hydrogen is currently used in a wide range of important industrial processes. These include refining petrol, manufacturing steel, treating metals and producing a range of useful chemicals.


How Orbital Fabrications can help

The global demand for alternative energies is growing and hydrogen is becoming a driving force in this market. Orbital Fabrications has the expertise in manufacturing customer gas handling systems. They are perfectly suited to address the technical demands of managing high pressure hydrogen, safely and securely, to be used as a fuel source. When working with pressures of 700 bar and above, it is vital that your hydrogen handling solution is manufactured, tested, and fully certified to ensure safe and trouble-free deployment in the field.

Once your system is manufactured, the Orbital Fabrications’ validation process includes full system leak test utilising helium mass spectrometers that provide extremely sensitive leak detection rates, down to ppm levels. We also validate your entire system way above the normal operating pressure; with the capability to pressure test to over 1000 bar where the application makes this appropriate. Our testing and validation processes all ensure the entire system is certified as safe for use in the field.

Please call us on 01480 464 066 or contact a member of our team to see how we can assist you with your latest project


About Orbital Fabrications

Orbital Fabrications has over 30 years’ experience in orbital welding services and is an industry expert in stainless steel TIG welding, Inconel welding and orbital tube welding. Our experienced team can weld tubing to fabricate components for the aerospace, pharmaceutical and oil and gas industries. We are committed to continuous investment in specialist equipment that enables us to manufacture high quality modules and complete system builds using stainless steel and high nickel alloys for one off fabrication, prototyping, and batch work through to continuous manufacturing volume production. Our engineering know-how and advanced manufacturing capabilities allow us to meet the ever-changing demands of the sectors we supply.