After careful review of six submissions, an independent panel of judges for the U.S. Department of Energy’s H2 Refuel H-Prize selected Team SimpleFuelTM, which includes PDC Machines, as the finalist for the competition organized to develop an affordable small-scale hydrogen refueling system.
Warminster, PA USA February 11, 2016 – PDC Machines- the world leader in hydrogen compression solutions for hydrogen refueling stations and energy applications- along with its partners IVYS Energy Solutions (Massachusetts) and McPhy Energy North America (Massachusetts), is part of Team SimpleFuelTM which has been selected by an independent panel of judges and safety experts to develop a hydrogen refuelling solution as a part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) H2 Refuel H-Prize Competition.
This competition was launched by the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) in October 2014 to develop small-scale hydrogen refueling systems which can be used in homes, community centers, retail sites, or similar locations to fuel hydrogen vehicles. Such solutions will enable the broad adoption of hydrogen infrastructure across the country by providing another convenient fueling option for U.S. consumers adopting fuel cell electric vehicles.
Team SimpleFuelTM will have until July 2016 to deploy their home scale refueling system and prepare it for testing. The SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance is a fully integrated hydrogen generation, compression, storage and dispensing system capable of delivering up to 5 kg/day of hydrogen to vehicles at pressures up to 700 bar using hydrogen produced via electrolysis, with a design that minimizes setback distances and reduces its physical footprint. The project has been approved and permitted by Warwick Township and will be installed at PDC Machines Plant 2 location.
Data collection will end in October 2016 and will be used to determine if the SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance meets the technical and cost criteria to win the $1 million prize.
“We are very proud to be part of Team SimpleFuelTM that has been selected for the final stage of this competition. PDC and our partners are deeply honoured by the selection and to be a part of such a talented team. We look forward to the next phase of the competition,” says Kareem Afzal, Vice President of PDC Machines.