AC Transit bus+h2_(10-Apr-12_web)Sandia National Laboratories and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announce the publication of two new Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) reports on hydrogen contaminant detection capabilities and reference station design analysis.

H2USA is a public private partnership launched by the US Department of Energy in 2013 to overcome the critical barriers to hydrogen infrastructure and enable the commercialization of fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). Sandia and NREL lead H2FIRST, which supports H2USA by addressing critical R&D barriers to station deployment.

The “Hydrogen Contaminant Detection” report describes the current commercial state of the art in contamination detection and identifies the technical requirements for implementing a hydrogen detection device at a station. H2USA’s Hydrogen Fueling Station Working Group and industry stakeholders peer reviewed the report and provided feedback.

The “Reference Station Design” report details engineering designs and economic analyses of five hydrogen refueling station designs that can meet near-term market needs. The authors evaluated station economics using the Hydrogen Refueling Stations Analysis Model (HRSAM), a new tool developed by NREL, and then prepared detailed designs which include piping and instrumentation designs, and bill of materials. These reference designs are meant to help stakeholders evaluate station configurations and to encourage standardization of station components.

HRSAM, a new tool developed by NREL, will help assess the impact of station design on economics and incorporates a station’s capital and operating cost based on key design variables such as station capacity and mode of hydrogen delivery. The Hydrogen Financial Analysis Tool (H2FAST), a new tool developed by Argonne National Laboratory, provides in-depth financial analysis including cash flow and return on investments for hydrogen fueling stations based on key financial inputs such as station capital cost, operating cost, and financing mechanisms.

H2FIRST LogoAs states with zero-emissions vehicle programs prepare for commer­cial deployment of FCEVs, these reports and tools will support invest­ors, regulatory bodies, and engineering design firms in developing cost-effective fueling infrastructure.

Read the DOE news release.