Usage hydrogen

Hydrogen Usage

Energized Solutions: Refuelling the future with thermoplastic piping systems transporting divers media within hydrogen fuel cell systems. We produce injection molded and extruded plastic components for safe and reliable hydrogen type IV storage tanks.

Powering tomorrow

Hydrogen boasts high versatility as one of its key strengths. It can be used for stationary applications for heat generation or introduced into fuel cells to directly generate electricity via an electrochemical process – all with high efficiency and low power losses. Hydrogen fuel cells are an extremely environmentally friendly technology, emitting only water and heat as byproducts. Storing compressed hydrogen in lightweight composite cylinders allows for enhanced payload capacity and facilitates large-scale storage and transportation. We provide inner pipes for high-pressure tank liners, ensuring superior gas barrier properties and impact resistance. Our hydrogen tank components, made from polyamide resins, accommodate various diameters and lengths for applications in hydrogen. 

Energized usage

Hydrogen can be widely used as a fuel in the transport (fuel cells) and energy (power to gas) sectors, for heating in the building (residential) , as a feedstock in the chemicals (ammonia for fertilizers) and as energy in the industry products (steelmaking) sectors. GF Piping Systems supports fuel cell manufacturers in all aspects of media transport with customized services and perfect-fit systems. 

PEM fuel cells: Transforming hydrogen into electricity

A Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell converts hydrogen into electricity, referring to the technology model “hydrogen-to-electricity”. The fuel cells utilize hydrogen as fuel and oxygen as an oxidant, achieving higher efficiencies than traditional power plants. 

PEM fuel cell systems​

PEM fuel cell systems

Paired with a hydrogen storage system, a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems facilitate pollution-free energy generation. Their applications span from sub-kW individual cells to MW virtual power plants, providing building heat, power supply, off-grid applications and propulsion for vehicles, planes and ships. The growing interest in hydrogen’s role in mobility has brought fuel cells into sharp focus.

Cooling circuits for PEM fuel cells

Cooling loops are essential components within PEM fuel cell systems, serving to regulate the operating temperature of the cells. These loops play a crucial role in dissipating excess heat generated during the electrochemical reactions within the fuel cell stack. By maintaining optimal operating temperatures, cooling loops ensure the efficiency and longevity of the PEM fuel cell system. They prevent thermal issues, ensuring structural integrity and reliability, vital for consistent power output and minimizing overheating risks. 

Inner liner components for tank IV vessels ​

Energised storage​

Hydrogen, as the lightest element, naturally exists in a gaseous state under ambient conditions, albeit with low volumetric energy density. Despite the advantages of various storage methods, challenges persist. Compressed Gaseous Hydrogen (CGH2), stored in high-pressure vessels, emerges as a viable option for both stationary and transport applications, such as buses and trucks.​

Leading the way in high-pressure tank liners

GF Piping Systems provides top-quality high-pressure tank liners (inner pipes) for storage at 700 bar, now a standard pressure in transport applications. Our injection molded and extruded pressurized plastic components, made of polyamide resins, offer superior gas barrier properties and impact resistance compared to high-density polyethylene. These high-quality liners are ideal for various applications, including automotive, hydrogen gaseous transportation, and stationary long-term storage tanks.​

Our solutions across the entire H2 value chain


Corrosion-free and safe polymer piping systems for long-lasting hydrogen applications. Embark with us on the captivating journey of the universe's smallest molecule, accompanying it from production to distribution to usage.

Hydrogen Production

Energized Solutions: Advanced polymer piping systems for ultrapure water treatment and for cutting-edge electrolyser core technologies for sustainable hydrogen production.

Hydrogen Distribution

Energized Solutions: Safety is paramount in the realm of hydrogen transport, which is why we've fortified our piping systems for the future. Our comprehensive piping components are suitable for 100% hydrogen, certified by KIWA (AR214) and DBI, ensuring secure transport of hydrogen.