Converting to renewable energy is one of the primary tools to fight climate change. Storage of energy is critical to make renewables work, and hydrogen, or its derivatives are a promising way to store power. Electrolyzers convert power to hydrogen, and fuel cells convert the hydrogen back to electricity. They are both made by stacking multiple anode and cathode plates and a membrane between each, and tie-rods hold them in place. A real-time monitoring system is needed to measure the tension of the tie rods in order to avoid costly preventive and unplanned maintenance shut downs.
Interface suggests installing LWHP Precision Load Washer Load Cells connected to WTS-AM-1E Wireless Strain Bridge Transmitter Modules, under the bolts of the tightened tie rods. The WTS-AM-1E’s are encased in a junction box enclosure. The LWHP’s measure the tension between the plates from the tie rods, and the real-time results are transmitted wirelessly from the WTS-AM-1E’s to the WTS-BS-6 Wireless Telemetry Dongle Base Station when connected to the customer’s PC.
Interface’s load cell monitoring system successfully monitors the tie-rods tension in real time, thus preventing unnecessary costly preventive maintenance and unplanned shutdowns of the Electrolyzer.
* This application note shows Interface base products. This true application used customized column load cells and instrumentation. Contact Interface team for a customized solution.