Ball valves have proven to be reliable and compact shut-off valves in a wide variety of applications over the past decades.
Our intention is also to establish other areas where ball valves have not been used so far, if this will create benefits for our customers. For this reason, together with our parent company Kitz Corporation of Japan, we have developed a high-pressure ball valve within the CLESTEC (Clean Energy Supply Technology for Future Generation) project that can be used in hydrogen refueling stations or other high-pressure hydrogen applications. Previously, needle valves were mainly used for this application.
These valves have only small flow coefficients, which means that the time required to refuel vehicles is significantly increased.