Plug Power Inc. has announced its latest partnership with Washington State University’s Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research Labs to develop another innovation to enable the use of hydrogen as a fuel in on-road mobility fuel cell applications.
The partnership will see Plug Power and Washington State University develop cryogenic hydrogen cooling technology with a main focus on efficient storage and transfer.
“In the near future, demand from the fast-growing fuel cell vehicle market will outpace the current hydrogen fuel supply because of issues related to transportation, infrastructure, and storage,” said Andy Marsh, Plug Power CEO.
“That’s why Plug Power is taking the necessary action to develop the technology that will address these future issues now.”
The sub-cooling solution developed from the partnership will provide improvements to the transportation and storage of liquid hydrogen to fuelling solutions, allowing customers to achieve lower fuel cells due to lower back end costs.
The technology developed will allow compressed hydrogen to swirl in a vortex, where a catalytic reaction unique to hydrogen causes cooling at cryogenic temperatures.
At present, the team are developing their understanding of the technology at cryogenic temperatures in part one of three of the project. The next phase will be held at the lab, where analytical modelling will be developed and validated to ensure an optimum design.
“This important research will also play a part in advancing the on-road fuel cell vehicle market adoption by lowering operational costs, which make fuel cell vehicles not only clean and efficient, but affordable for organisations as well,” Marsh continued.
The final stage of the project will take place on a full-scale Plug Power hydrogen storage system to validate operational performance improvements.
“Plug Power is the leader consumer of liquid hydrogen in North America, which is one of many reasons why we’re so excited to improve the efficiency of their liquid hydrogen systems,” said Dr. Jacob Leachman, Director of the HYPER Laboratory at Washington State University.