The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office has issued a request for information (RFI) (DE-FOA-0001555) to obtain feedback from stakeholders regarding the construction and benefits of a National Hydrogen Technology Showcase and Training (HyTeST) station.
The facility would serve as a tool for research and development, testing, safety and demonstration training, and outreach for community and commercial early adopters, including station developers, owners, code officials, first responders, operators, investors, and insurers.
DOE is considering constructing a national HyTeST facility to showcase the technologies being deployed in commercial hydrogen refueling stations around the world, and to conduct training, testing, and outreach to speed public acceptance and commercial adoption. The facility will support hydrogen technology deployment activities in California and, ultimately, in other regions.
The HyTeST station will include infrastructure for compression, storage, and dispensing (CSD) of gaseous hydrogen at 700 bar to achieve standardized refueling protocols (SAE J2601 T40), and it will also be used for research, development, and demonstration of gaseous and liquid hydrogen technologies through collaborative projects to enable reliable, low-cost hydrogen fueling station components and systems.
The HyTeST station will be located at Sandia National Laboratories’ Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) to enable partnership between the national laboratories and energy innovators. The HyTeST station will complement the existing hydrogen refueling facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Colorado.
Partners will be able to showcase their technology as part of training or testing activities as well as through community outreach and education to potential station providers.
The HyTeST station will also directly support DOE’s own Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) project (earlier post), which aims to ensure that FCEV customers have a positive fueling experience similar to conventional gasoline/diesel stations.
H2FIRST leverages capabilities at the national laboratories to address the technology challenges related to hydrogen refueling stations. DOE envisions HyTeST as complementary to DOE’s national laboratories’ capabilities and to fill a specific need not currently being addressed. The intent is not to duplicate any existing capabilities. For example, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has already developed a robust online and in-person hydrogen safety training program; these existing resources will be leveraged through development of site-specific, hands-on training supported by PNNL.
HyTEST is also not meant to serve as a nationally recognized certification laboratory or to certify components or technologies.
Sandia and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories will work closely with NRELand Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in developing and implementing the scope and activities of HyTeST. DOE is also seeking information from potential partners who can contribute to the station by providing equipment, time, and/or funding. Strong stakeholder interest and commitment is required before DOE invests in the HyTeST station.