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On-site and on-demand
hydrogen generation

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L/M-Series Hydrogen Generator

Large-scale, on-demand hydrogen generators.

The L/M-Series hydrogen generator uses our advanced fuel reforming and hydrogen purification technology to convert a mixture of methanol and water into fuel cell grade high-purity hydrogen, on-site and on-demand delivering the lowest total cost of hydrogen for refueling solutions.


The L-Series designation applies to stationary applications while the M-Series designation refers to mobility (on vehicle or vessel) applications. However, both the L and M-Series machines are identical in design and construction.

High Purity Hydrogen
Scalable Solution

The L/M-Series was designed to displace expensive and power hungry electrolyzers, with an affordable and scalable solution that provides a significantly lower capital cost entry point for fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and material handling (lift truck) refueling applications. The M-Series is designed to be installed onboard heavy-duty vehicles, replacing the need for bulky and expensive composite cylinders for storing high-pressure hydrogen.

Target Uses:

  • Heavy-duty Vehicles

  • Materials handling lift trucks and container handlers

  • Industrial gas

  • FCEV automobile

  • Stationary power (distributed and backup power)

  • Grid-independent BEV charging stations

Low Cost of Hydrogen

Converts an environmentally friendly, easily handled, readily available, and hydrogen dense feedstock blend of methanol and DI water into fuel cell grade high-purity hydrogen at the lowest delivered cost per kilogram. 

Low Initial Cost of Equipment

Lower capital cost compared to legacy electrolyzer and natural gas reformer solutions (L-Series), and competitive with the cost of composite cylinders for hydrogen storage.


The L/M-Series is scalable from 50 kg/d to 500 kg/d. Multiple hydrogen generators operating in parallel will support MWs of fuel cell electrical output.

State of the Art Controls

Fully-automated Woodward Flex 500 control modules provides state of the art operation and safety. Expandable to include the complete refueling system and remote communication.

Limited Power Requirements

Requires minimal electrical power when generating hydrogen(<1 kW) and energy efficiency of up to 84%.

Key Advantages

For the L/M-Series hydrogen generator

Compact Design

Small footprint allows for flexible installation into both existing and proposed fueling locations, or for installation onboard heavy-duty vehicles.

Vibration Resistant

Advanced fuel reformer and hydrogen purifier are vibration resistant providing long lifetimes in a mobile environment.

Allows for Expanded Hydrogen Deployments

On-site hydrogen generation overcomes local regulations and restrictions limiting bulk hydrogen deliveries, especially in desired urban areas, and provides inexpensive hydrogen for locations far removed from industrial hydrogen production sources expanding hydrogen availability for FCEV’s.

Reduced and Simple Maintenance

Advanced catalytic reforming process and proprietary membrane purifier have few moving parts, robust design, and a long lifetime.

Reduced Emissions

No harmful emissions including particulate matter, and low CO2 emissions. If renewable methanol is used, zero net CO2 emissions is achievable.

How much Hydrogen does the L/M-Series hydrogen generator produce?

The L/M-Series incorporates modular reactor and purifier components and can economically scale to produce from 50 kg to 500 kg/d of pure hydrogen on a single skid.

What is the value proposition of the L/M-Series hydrogen generator?

The L/M-Series can produce hydrogen on-site, on-demand for about $3 to $4/kg of product hydrogen. The cost of the hydrogen is driven by the cost of the methanol feedstock.

How long does it take the L/M-Series to produce hydrogen?

Element 1 has designed the L/M-Series hydrogen generators to operate from a hot standby mode. From hot standby, the hydrogen generator is delivering product hydrogen within 3 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

About the L/M-Series hydrogen generator

What are the electrical power requirements for the L/M-Series?

The L/M-Series requires <1 kW electrical power when generating hydrogen.

Does the L/M-Series have a weatherproof casing?

The L/M-Series does not have weatherproof casing and requires a cabinet or enclosed room designed for the environmental conditions. 

Mobile Solution

The compact M-Series was designed to displace stored compressed hydrogen to support fuel cell propulsion applications. 

Target FCEV Uses:

  • Buses

  • Heavy duty delivery trucks

  • Marine applications

  • Mobile charging vehicles

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