© LifeGuard Technologies


© LifeGuard Technologies

US-based LifeGuard Technologies has released a new vacuum jacketed safety hose specifically designed for liquid hydrogen and helium transfer.

Equipped with insulation and LifeGuard’s patented and patent pending safety internal shutoff system, the new hose is hoped to provide the insulation value, quality and safety required to transport liquid hydrogen.

Utilising an engineering compression spring system with two non-return value within each fitting, the safety system is built into the new hose which will cause the internal valves to engage and the piping to remain intact while slow has stopped at both ends of the hose to prevent product loss in the event of an emergency separation.

Jointly developed with LifeGuard’s sister company GPSS India and Shell-N-Tube of India, the company believe the new hose will allow the hydrogen industry to ensure the energy carrier’s safe production, storage, transportation and use across sectors.

“At a time when the hydrogen industry is on the cusp of massive expansion, it is critical that safety lead the way,” said Andy Abrams, Executive Vice-President of LifeGuard Technologies. “Now, liquid hydrogen transfer can have the same technological safety features that our LPG, NH3 and high- pressure hydrogen and atmospheric gas hoses have enjoyed for more than 20 years. ”

Shell-N-Tube’s Director – Business Operations, Khushal Mehta, added the company leveraged its experience in designing hydrogen hoses for the Indian space programme to develop the product.

Mehta said, “Safety and reliability is paramount in the handling and transfer of Liquid Hydrogen, which has been the driver in developing this liquid hydrogen transfer hose. We have leveraged our experience in the design and manufacturing of vacuum insulated hydrogen hoses for the Indian Space program to provide the same quality vacuum insulated liquid hydrogen hose for the gas industry.”


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