Sustainable Innovations, Inc. (SI) and its partners, Greenway Energy and Savannah River National Laboratory, will team to maximize the benefits of two cutting edge hydrogen compressor technologies by combining them into one high reliability, high efficiency hybrid compressor. This important R&D effort will address one of the most stubborn problems plaguing the hydrogen fueling industry – how to cost effectively compress hydrogen for storage on board a vehicle. Conventional compressor technology has proven less than optimal for hydrogen fueling in early fuel cell vehicle markets like California.
Dr. Trent Molter, President and CEO of Sustainable Innovations, said: “The goal of the hybrid compressor project is, for the first time, to demonstrate that hydrogen can be efficiently compressed directly to vehicle fueling pressure at significant scale while avoiding the unacceptable downtime and maintenance pitfalls that have hampered mechanical compressors.”
Sustainable Innovations’ high efficiency, electrochemical hydrogen compressor will be integrated with Greenway Energy’s metal hydride compressor, which leverages advanced technology previously developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory. “We believe that this breakthrough integrated system approach leverages the unique high-reliability attributes of each technology to create a long-awaited solution for the hydrogen fueling industry,” said Dr. Scott Greenway, President of Greenway Energy.
“Our hydrogen compression solution is scalable to meet the current and projected needs for commercial fueling stations, will save consumers money, and serves as a keystone in addressing climate change,” added Molter.
The project is funded through a sub-award from the United States Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).
Source: Sustainable Innovations, Inc. (SI)