Hydrogen Compressor Solutions

Reciprocating Compressor Technologies for the Hydrogen Transition

As the energy industry pursues clean, sustainable solutions, hydrogen is rising to the top. Cook Compression has years of experience extending run times in high-pressure hydrogen and hydrogen-blend applications in refineries. Our experience, combined with our state-of-the-art development capabilities, position us for partnership as hydrogen energy advances.

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Hydrogen as Energy

Cook Compression can help transition existing infrastructure to accommodate new operational requirements of hydrogen-blend pipelines and hydrogen as a fuel.

Compressor rerates and gas composition changes can be managed in collaboration with our application engineering. project services, field services and research & development teams.

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Hydrogen in Refineries

In current refinery applications, Cook Compression has successfully implemented cylinder rings, packing cases, rod rings and compressor valves that withstand the challenges of compressing hydrogen gas.

Our high-performing line of TruTech® polymer materials for piston, rider and rod rings, for example, have proven successful in extreme low dew point conditions, and our Manley® and Optima™ valves have both performed reliably in the light gas. Technologies like our Vortex Cooling® packing cases are well suited to non-lubricated operation.

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Preparing for a Green Hydrogen Future

When you think about a sustainable future, do you see challenges or opportunities? Cook Compression and the Dover Precision Components Innovation Lab are developing new technologies that enable equipment to operate beyond known application limits and overcome the challenges of transitioning to hydrogen energy.

We are continually working with OEMs and aftermarket partners on new equipment and reliable technologies for 100% hydrogen reciprocating compressor applications.

Our Development Capabilities

Developing Hydrogen Success

The Dover Precision Components Innovation Lab advances the transition to clean energy with our hydrogen testing facility and materials development capabilities.

TruTech® engineered materials incorporate the latest advances in polymer science to provide superior durability and optimum performance characteristics. Specialty formulations are available for high-performance sealing and lasting reliability in lubricated, non-lubricated, dry-gas, and higher-pressure and temperature environments.

The state-of-the-art equipment housed in our hydrogen testing facility replicates real-world hydrogen environments, providing in-house testing and validation for new materials and product designs.

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Proven Valve Performance

Thousands of Cook Manley® compressor valves are running successfully in hydrogen and hydrogen-rich compression applications at pressures up to 690 bar (10,000 psi). Cook Compression also has a strong foundation of steel plate valves that can be custom-engineered for optimum performance in high speeds, high pressure ratios and non-lubricated applications.
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High-Pressure Check Valve

The LentusTM valve was designed to enable gas compression in high-pressure and nonlubricated environments, such as hydrogen fueling.
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Effective Sealing for Light Gas

As a light gas, hydrogen is more susceptible to leakage. Cook Compression offers a combination of advanced material technologies and sealing component designs able to ensure extremely low leak rates and maintain high gas purity.
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Advanced Materials

TruTech® engineered polymers incorporate the latest advances in materials technology to provide superior durability and optimal performance in oil-free, high-pressure hydrogen compression. 
Hydrogen Piston Rings

Piston Rings

Our hydrogen-compatible piston rings utilize specific geometries and advanced materials to minimize gas leakage at higher pressures.
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Conference Paper

Experimental and Numerical Investigation on the Sealing Capability of a High-Pressure, Dry-Running Hydrogen Reciprocating Compressor

A commitment to decarbonization and cleaner energy sources requires innovative machines to handle multiple fuels successfully and accommodate an ever-increasing quota of renewables. In this paper, presented at the 13th EFRC Conference, Cook Compression, SIAD Macchine Impianti, and the University of Bergamo discussed the sealing effectiveness of specialized piston rings developed for a newly designed high-pressure hydrogen compressor.


Technical Challenges for Reciprocating Hydrogen Compressors

Successful hydrogen compression presents unique challenges due to an operating environment of high pressures, temperatures, and purity. Overcoming these challenges will require a novel approach to product development and a new generation of equipment that utilizes advanced components.

Watch our webinar and learn why developing new materials is key to meeting the challenges of transitioning to hydrogen energy, how the Dover Precision Components Innovation Lab plays a key role, and where we are seeing early signs of success.

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