Monday, 02 December 2013 22:00

BOC's new GENIE® cylinder proves a hit in customer trials

After several months of testing BOC's new oxygen (O2) GENIE® gas cylinder with Network Rail for use on maintenance works, the groundbreaking cylinder has proven ideal for manoeuvring into hard-to-access locations. The GENIE cylinder has been a great success for railway engineers who need to carry out aluminothermic welding activities and or cutting work within the rail infrastructure. Often the engineers need to carry a cylinder of compressed oxygen through difficult strategic access points, sometimes at night, to allow access to the infrastructure.

Aimed at mobile gas users who need to manoeuvre cylinders into hard-to-access or off-grid locations for applications such as welding, heating or cutting, or for security cameras, task lighting or environmental monitoring, the new O2 and H2 GENIE range is now available in the UK from BOC.

boc imtThe launch of the new range of GENIE for compressed O2 and H2 gas follows the successful introduction of the first phase of GENIE cylinders, for the inert gases nitrogen and argon, last year.

Engineers and managers from Network Rail have been trialling and testing the O2 GENIE over a four month period at various locations throughout the UK. They subjected the GENIE cylinder to a wide range of extreme locations and temperature changes and also incorporated various processes that Network Rail uses to weld and repair rail defects. The trial has concluded with data provided from the users that the cylinder meets the primary requirements for manual handling and production issues. It also reduces wear and tear on the vehicle fleet and, for the first time ever, Network Rail can now manage and budget the gas it uses on a shift basis.

Introduced into the UK market by BOC, the UK's largest industrial and medical gases business and a member of The Linde Group, which developed the cylinders, GENIE cylinders represent a revolution in compressed gas cylinder design. They are lightweight and portable with a shorter, stockier design that makes them highly stable and they also include unique features such as in-built digital technology. Primarily developed for mobile gas customers seeking smarter, more portable and user-friendly gas packages, filled to 300 bar the GENIE also contains more gas. The H2 GENIE cylinder, for example, weighs 23kg which is one third the weight of a standard large H2 cylinder but it carries two-thirds of the contents.

The H2 GENIE is aimed at customers of hydrogen fuel cells, in particular the BOC Hymera hydrogen fuel cell power generator, which is an economical and clean way of supporting today's lower power, efficient electrical applications such as lighting, security cameras and environmental monitoring, where grid power is not available. When used with a small fuel cell the H2 GENIE can deliver up to 7000 Wh of electrical energy, which is enough to provide continuous (24/7) power to a 10W security camera for a month or to power a 20W LED floodlight/security light, for two hours a day, for 6 months.

Andrew Barker, Managing Director of TCP Ltd, which developed the world's first commercially available hydrogen fuel cell mobile lighting tower, commented: "The launch of the H2GENIE is an exciting and transformative development". 

The O2 GENIE is aimed at customers who require low volumes of compressed oxygen cylinders for welding, cutting and heating and for whom portability is important. Ultra lightweight, these new revolutionary new cylinders are easy to carry and because of the Digital Intelligence Unit the user knows how much gas is left.

The new cylinders are available from all BOC outlets, agents and delivery channels.

Additional Info

About GENIE®

GENIE® comprises a steel-lined, carbon fibre wrapped pressure vessel encased within a tough, all-weather and recyclable High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) jacket. Significantly lighter than its steel cylinder counterpart, GENIE has a pioneering ergonomic design and is highly stable, stackable and with wide-diameter construction. GENIE is available in two sizes, including a large 300 bar version, which has 30 per cent more capacity than its standard bar steel counterpart.

About BOC

BOC is a member of The Linde Group. An industrial, medical and special gases provider, the company supplies compressed and bulk gases, chemicals and equipment and is pioneering healthcare innovations and clean energy technologies including carbon capture and storage. For more than a century the company's gases and expertise have contributed to advances in many areas of everyday life, and industries including steelmaking, refining, chemical processing, environmental protection, wastewater treatment, welding and cutting, food processing and distribution, glass production, electronics and health care. For more information visit:

About The Linde Group

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company with around 63,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012 financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn. The strategy of the Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society and the environment - in every one of its business areas, regions and locations across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development. For more information, see The Linde Group online at

About Network Rail
Network Rail is the not for dividend owner and operator of Britain's railway infrastructure, which includes the tracks, signals, tunnels, bridges, viaducts, level crossings and stations - the largest of which we also manage. It aims to provide a safe, reliable and efficient rail infrastructure for freight and passenger trains to use.

About TCP

TCP (Taylor Construction Plant Ltd) is headquartered in Maldon, Essex and has depots throughout the UK, developing and supplying innovative energy efficient mobile lighting towers for many applications across the UK, Europe, and other Global markets. TCP recently developed the Ecolite-H2, Hymera Fuel Cell Powered unit in partnership with BOC and Prismalence and this has provided a major step forward in the ability to deliver Zero Carbon Emission lighting to a myriad of mobile applications.    

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