SimpleFuel exports innovative small-scale hydrogen refueling appliance to Japan
SimpleFuel, winner of the US Department of Energy (DOE) $1-million H2 Refuel H-Prize, is exporting one of its first hydrogen refueling appliances to Japan.
The initial SimpleFuel product line is designed to target several small-scale hydrogen dispensing markets, including home and local/distributed refueling of consumer FCEVs, refueling for fuel cell vehicle fleets, and industrial fuel cell vehicle refueling.
SimpleFuel is an on-site hydrogen generation and dispensing appliance that uses water and electricity to produce high purity fuel cell-grade hydrogen via electrolysis. SimpleFuel can dispense fast “opportunity” fills or full fills to 700 bar automotive pressures. . . .
With support from the Japanese Environmental Ministry of the Central Government, the SimpleFuel appliance will run on solar or grid electricity for use with a Toyota Industries fuel-cell forklift truck at the Kesen Precut Cooperative. Kesen Precut manufactures high quality wood and wood chip products for the Japanese market. . . .
I posted a couple of previous articles about SimpleFuel's H2 refueling products upthread, but here's their product page: https://www.hydrogen.energy.gov/pdfs/htac_may17_13_obrien.pdf
No prices for the unit going to Japan are mentioned, but the product page says that the home unit prototype which won the DoE prize had an installed cost of <$35k/kg., and a direct user cost of <$15/kg. Both would need to be radically reduced for home use, obviously. I have no idea how much could be done through development and how much through economies of scale. The unit for the Kesen forklift is presumably the 350 bar version.