Reciprocating Compressors

Howden helps our customers reach their sustainability goals by designing compression solutions based on our Thomassen, Peter Brotherhood and Burton Corblin brands. These solutions are integrated into large-scale infrastructure applications to increase energy & production efficiency and minimize carbon emissions.

Piston Compressors

Hydrogen Holland project: H2 production site

Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant

Hydrogen Holland Project
  • Peak production: 80 t/pd
  • Annual production: 20 ktpa
  • 200 MW Electrolyzer
Piston Reciprocating Compressors

Compression designed and produced by Howden, a Chart Industries company in the Netherlands

  • 5-stage piston reciprocating compressors
  • Drive: 4250 kW induction motors
  • Flow: 21.000 Nm3/hr of wet hydrogen at 1.2 bara
  • Final pressure 55 bara
H2 Production

Diaphragm Compressors

As the inventors of the technology, we have been at the leading edge of diaphragm compressor innovation for more than a century, constantly improving safety and performance.

The Howden diaphragm compressors was invented in 1916 by Henri Corblin. The company he co-founded and the Burton Corblin™ are part of the Howden brand. Diaphragm compression is the technology of choice in any situation where complete hermetic separation and high pressure sealing are required, for example in the handling of rare, toxic, flammable, explosive or radioactive gases

Diaphragm Reciprocating Compressors

Hybrid Compressors

The Howden hybrid reciprocating compressor is available in horizontal or vertical configurations of up to five compression stages, offering pressures increases of to 450 bar while providing inter-stage cooling and purging of condensates. It is suitable for virtually all dry gases including helium, hydrogen and nitrogen.

Hybrid Compressors

Skid Piston Reciprocating Compressors

Where processes involve a medium capacity, the fully integrated skid incorporates control systems, regulation equipment and any other additional modules and utility packages required by the circumstances. Delivered ready for installation and start-up, it is an ingenious next generation design, often supporting new applications related to hydrogen processes requiring compact footprint.

Skid Piston Reciprocating Compressors

Periflow Compressors

Periflow compressors use a profiled impeller wheel revolving in an annular channel to move the process gas in a swirling, helical pattern, with the gas moving through the blades several times on its path through the compressor. The system delivers a smooth, steady flow, and because the process gas is subjectto both tangential and circulatory flow, which tend to govern volume and pressure respectively, each machine can be configured to perform within very precise parameters. Fully compliant with API, area protection requirements and site specificataions, Peroflow has consistently demonstrated its worth in critical applications throughout the world.

Performance

  • Up to 350 bar
  • 10 to 20,000 m3/hr capacity flow
  • Variable speed from 1000 to 6000 rpm

Benefits

  • Periflow technology offers low flow compression in an impressively compact and versatile unit.
  • Low vibration, pulsation-free operation make Periflow the optimum choice for elevated structures.
  • High tolerance of gases containing liquid or solid particulates.
  • Variable speed operation and minimal maintenance requirements make Periflow compressors simple to use and to service.

Applications

  • FPSO and offshore installations
  • Boil of gas (BOG)
Periflow Compressors

Hydrogen Holland project: H2 production site

Hydrogen Holland Project

Compression designed and produced by Howden, a Chart Industries company in the Netherlands

Piston Reciprocating Compressors

Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant

  • Peak production: 80 t/pd
  • Annual production: 20 ktpa
  • 200 MW Electrolyzer
  • 5-stage piston reciprocating compressors
  • Drive: 4250 kW induction motors
  • Flow: 21.000 Nm3/hr of wet hydrogen at 1.2 bara
  • Final pressure 55 bara
H2 Production

Diaphragm Compressors

As the inventors of the technology, we have been at the leading edge of diaphragm compressor innovation for more than a century, constantly improving safety and performance.

The Howden diaphragm compressors was invented in 1916 by Henri Corblin. The company he co-founded and the Burton Corblin™ are part of the Howden brand. Diaphragm compression is the technology of choice in any situation where complete hermetic separation and high pressure sealing are required, for example in the handling of rare, toxic, flammable, explosive or radioactive gases

Diaphragm Reciprocating Compressors

Hybrid Compressors

The Howden hybrid reciprocating compressor is available in horizontal or vertical configurations of up to five compression stages, offering pressures increases of to 450 bar while providing inter-stage cooling and purging of condensates. It is suitable for virtually all dry gases including helium, hydrogen and nitrogen.

Hybrid Compressors

Skid Piston Reciprocating Compressors

Where processes involve a medium capacity, the fully integrated skid incorporates control systems, regulation equipment and any other additional modules and utility packages required by the circumstances. Delivered ready for installation and start-up, it is an ingenious next generation design, often supporting new applications related to hydrogen processes requiring compact footprint.

Skid Piston Reciprocating Compressors

Periflow Compressors

Periflow compressors use a profiled impeller wheel revolving in an annular channel to move the process gas in a swirling, helical pattern, with the gas moving through the blades several times on its path through the compressor. The system delivers a smooth, steady flow, and because the process gas is subjectto both tangential and circulatory flow, which tend to govern volume and pressure respectively, each machine can be configured to perform within very precise parameters. Fully compliant with API, area protection requirements and site specificataions, Peroflow has consistently demonstrated its worth in critical applications throughout the world.

Performance

  • Up to 350 bar
  • 10 to 20,000 m3/hr capacity flow
  • Variable speed from 1000 to 6000 rpm

Benefits

  • Periflow technology offers low flow compression in an impressively compact and versatile unit.
  • Low vibration, pulsation-free operation make Periflow the optimum choice for elevated structures.
  • High tolerance of gases containing liquid or solid particulates.
  • Variable speed operation and minimal maintenance requirements make Periflow compressors simple to use and to service.

Applications

  • FPSO and offshore installations
  • Boil of gas (BOG)
Periflow Compressors
 

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Howden Hydrogen Products

The full solution offering for both gaseous and liquid hydrogen

Full solution offering for Hydrogen

Technical Experise

Our reciprocating compressor technologies are in action all over the globe, frequently delivered to API standards. They are proving vital in all gas processing including hydrogen in the mobility, industry and energy sectors through the respective production, transmission and distribution phases where safety remains paramount.

Today’s available technologies and local circumstances in all geographies create new situations where Howden’s compression can play a role. To help our customers reach their sustainability goals, Howden designs relevant compression solutions designed to integrate large scales infrastructure applications to increase energy & production efficiency and minimize carbon emissions.

Working in tandem with our customers, our engineering DNA and experience delivers the winning combination by creatively balancing technical specifications, interface requirements, ambient considerations and future operating conditions. This approach results in the delivery of compression solutions fit to the purpose of the applications infrastructure they ought to serve providing piece of mind to our customers.

Technical Experise

Revamping Services

Quick scan Feasibility studies

  • Capacity up- or downgrades
  • Change in gas composition
  • Change in operational conditions
  • Material upgrades
  • Pulsation & Mechanical pipe system

Energy reduction via Capacity control

  • HydroPocket
  • Stepwise control
  • Stepless control
  • Variable speed Main driver

Emission reductions

  • Packing case incl. TR² packing ring
  • EMISSIONGUARD™ ring
  • Sealings (Oil & Gas related)
  • N2 buffer system according to API 618
  • Vent recovery system

Lifetime improvements

  • Free Floating piston (FFP)
  • Piston and rider ring material upgrades
  • Valve upgrades
  • Removable valve seats design

Auxiliary systems

  • Lube oil system
  • Temperate water system
  • Cylinder & packing case lubrication (point to point or divider system)
Revamping Services

Digital Solutions & upgrades

  • Uptime – Digital platform for compressor performance optimization
  • Condition monitoring
  • Control panel upgrades
  • Instrumentation upgrades

Main driver replacement

  • Electric driver
  • Steam turbine (incl. gearbox)
  • Gas engine

Cylinder replacement & upgrades

  • Interchangeable (Fit & Function) Howden or Non-Howden design

Compressor improvements API 618

  • Hydraulic fit connections
  • Frame explosion relief valves
  • Valve unloading
  • Flywheel bolt design
  • Connection Flywheel to Crankshaft

Compressor replacement

  • Carbon copy Compressor

Tools for safe Maintenance & hoisting

  • Barring device or Mechanical lock
  • Crossheads
  • Packing cases
  • Compressor valves and covers
  • Liners
Services

The full solution offering for both gaseous and liquid hydrogen

Full Solution Hydrogen Offering

Technical Experise

Our reciprocating compressor technologies are in action all over the globe, frequently delivered to API standards. They are proving vital in all gas processing including hydrogen in the mobility, industry and energy sectors through the respective production, transmission and distribution phases where safety remains paramount.

Today’s available technologies and local circumstances in all geographies create new situations where Howden’s compression can play a role. To help our customers reach their sustainability goals, Howden designs relevant compression solutions designed to integrate large scales infrastructure applications to increase energy & production efficiency and minimize carbon emissions.

Working in tandem with our customers, our engineering DNA and experience delivers the winning combination by creatively balancing technical specifications, interface requirements, ambient considerations and future operating conditions. This approach results in the delivery of compression solutions fit to the purpose of the applications infrastructure they ought to serve providing piece of mind to our customers.

Technical Experise

Quick scan Feasibility studies

  • Capacity up- or downgrades
  • Change in gas composition
  • Change in operational conditions
  • Material upgrades
  • Pulsation & Mechanical pipe system

Energy reduction via Capacity control

  • HydroPocket
  • Stepwise control
  • Stepless control
  • Variable speed Main driver

Emission reductions

  • Packing case incl. TR² packing ring
  • EMISSIONGUARD™ ring
  • Sealings (Oil & Gas related)
  • N2 buffer system according to API 618
  • Vent recovery system

Lifetime improvements

  • Free Floating piston (FFP)
  • Piston and rider ring material upgrades
  • Valve upgrades
  • Removable valve seats design

Auxiliary systems

  • Lube oil system
  • Temperate water system
  • Cylinder & packing case lubrication (point to point or divider system)
Revamping

Digital Solutions & upgrades

  • Uptime – Digital platform for compressor performance optimization
  • Condition monitoring
  • Control panel upgrades
  • Instrumentation upgrades

Main driver replacement

  • Electric driver
  • Steam turbine (incl. gearbox)
  • Gas engine

Cylinder replacement & upgrades

  • Interchangeable (Fit & Function) Howden or Non-Howden design

Compressor improvements API 618

  • Hydraulic fit connections
  • Frame explosion relief valves
  • Valve unloading
  • Flywheel bolt design
  • Connection Flywheel to Crankshaft

Compressor replacement

  • Carbon copy Compressor

Tools for safe Maintenance & hoisting

  • Barring device or Mechanical lock
  • Crossheads
  • Packing cases
  • Compressor valves and covers
  • Liners
Services
 
 
 

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