Shifting attitudes toward fossil fuel-driven vehicles has put hydrogen in the spotlight as a potential replacement. In addition to being cost-competitive with other alternative fuels, hydrogen has a proven safety record and can be produced sustainably. However, the key to a hydrogen-driven future is creating vehicles and refueling stations that can safely and effectively handle the gas.
High-quality materials must be used to build the infrastructure, especially the valves that control the flow of hydrogen into the vehicle or within the refueling station. The valves used in these applications must provide leak-tight performance over a long period of time. Hydrogen presents a particular set of challenges that could overwhelm lower-quality valves, so providers must adhere to the highest standards possible to make the system work effectively.