Bad Soden, Germany,

Glowing sheet metal thanks to hydrogen

In Slovakia, Messer is supplying 460,000 cubic meters of hydrogen a year to U.S. Steel through to 2009. The steel manufacturer requires the hydrogen in order to get sheet metal to glow prior to galvanizing. Messer is also installing the complete hydrogen pressure station. The station includes connections for two battery trucks with a capacity of 4,000 cubic meters each. This allows Messer to provide a continuous supply of 55 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour. The ideal atmosphere in the furnace consists of 95 percent nitrogen and fivepercent hydrogen.