Application of MC Method-Based H2 Fueling
To address challenges related to refueling with compressed hydrogen, a simple, analytical method has been developed that allows a hydrogen station to directly and accurately calculate an end-of-fill temperature in a hydrogen tank and thereby maximize the fill quantity and minimize the refueling time. This is referred to as the MC Fueling Method, where MC represents total heat capacity. The MC Method incorporates a set of thermodynamic parameters for the tank system that are used by the station in a simple analytical equation along with measured values of dispensed hydrogen temperature and pressure at the station. These parameters can be communicated to the hydrogen station either directly from the vehicle or from a database that is accessible by the station. Because the MC Method is based on direct measurements of actual thermodynamic conditions at the station, and quantified thermodynamic behavior of the tank system, highly accurate tank filling results can be achieved.