Honda R&D Installs Advanced Hydrogen Fast-Fill Station in Torrance
Honda is talking up a hydrogen fueling station design it says can reduce the time needed to fuel a fuel cell vehicle with 10,000-psi tanks by as much as 45%. An “MC Fill” station has been set up at the company’s campus in Torrance, Calif., the company says, in anticipation of next year’s introduction of its new fuel cell-electric vehicle.
Under normal temperature conditions, most fills can be completed in less than three minutes, Honda says. “The MC Fill more precisely monitors the dispenser outlet temperature and uses this information to calculate the shortest fueling time possible. This dynamic, fast-fill control not only provides FCEV customers with shorter fueling times, but it also allows the dispenser to continuously adjust to current temperature and other conditions which normally affect the refueling time…
Honda Will Share the Data
“With the aim of standardizing this new protocol, Honda will make the new research station available to other automakers to further validate the MC Fill protocol’s performance and functionality,” the firm says.
Why “MC Fill?” The name is derived from M for mass and C for specific heat – two key values in a heat transfer equation.
Honda’s next-generation 2015 FCEV will feature a fuel cell powertrain “packaged completely in the engine room of the vehicle, allowing for efficiencies in cabin space as well as flexibility in the potential application of FC technology to multiple vehicle types in the future.” The 2015 Honda FCEV is expected to have a single-fill driving range of more than 300 miles.
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