Houston start-up proposes different approach to hydrogen refueling: thousands of small networked outlets and smart app
A Houston, Texas start-up is proposing a different approach to building out a hydrogen refueling infrastructure. Instead of relying on a series of heavily-subsidized “mega-stations”, Hydrogen-XT is proposing combining many small, inexpensive fueling outlets that reform hydrogen from natural gas with intelligent software that locates the stations and displays fuel availability, reserves the amount a customer wants, routes the customer to the selected station, and then completes the transaction, all on a smartphone or infotainment system.
Hydrogen-XT said its station is designed to be extremely cost-effective, estimated to be 100-times less expensive than conventional H2 stations available today. The station is also easily upgraded due to its modular design.
Hydrogen-XT is the product of 12 years’ worth of research and development by energy industry software engineer Robert Wise and energy industry procurement specialist Kenneth Templeton.
Their patent application on the basics of the Fuel Distribution Network is available here.