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Can we improve the process of hydrogen production (reliability, cost effectiveness, increasing volume for distribution)?

Hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles convert compressed hydrogen from the fuel tank into electricity that powers the electric motor of a vehicle. When driven, such cars do not produce greenhouse gases from their tailpipe – the only emission is water vapour. When renewable electricity is used to make the hydrogen, the vehicle can effectively be powered without generating any emissions.  Hydrogen vehicles have similar performance and acceleration capabilities to petrol and diesel cars. They are quick to refuel and can drive similar distances. Energy is stored in compressed hydrogen fuel, rather than a battery, which means that hydrogen-powered cars can potentially drive up to 700 kilometres without refuelling. The cars take up to five minutes to refuel – similar to current refuelling times for petrol and diesel cars.

The challenge is to provide solutions that improve three important areas of hydrogen production:

  • Cost reduction with a focus on (but not limited to): Compression (develop a high capacity high pressure compression system for heavy duty applications), electrolyzers, valves and manifolding, and/or industrial control and sensors.
  • Reliability improvement of refueling systems or components with a focus on (but not limited to): Compressor, refueling protocol software, nozzles, fittings, chilling systems and hoses.
  • Methods to increase hydrogen by weight and volume for distribution systems such as (but not limited to): Novel designs and configurations for high pressure vessels, liquid organic carriers, low-cost micro liquefaction (Small scale liquefaction is of high interest to enable stranded” low-cost 10-50 MW renewable projects located within 1000 mi. of load centers to be cost effective) and others.

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