This week the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) announced the SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance as a finalist for the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition. I had first talked about this in May 2013 when the DOE had first made the announcement about the competition.
The announcement this week stated, “The six submissions were received in October of 2015, and a panel of judges and safety experts conducted a thorough review to determine if the designs have the potential to meet the basic criteria for a safe home or community refueling system. Based on this evaluation, only one submission, SimpleFuels’s, was determined to meet the criteria for advancing to the finalist stage.
“The contestant describes their SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance as 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. SimpleFuel states that their system could also provide fleet automobile and material handling markets with dependable, on-site hydrogen solutions that have the potential to reduce GHG emissions significantly.”
In August 2015, I had talked about how Mike Strizki had sold the first consumer solar-hydrogen Joule Box portable charge station in the United States (and perhaps world). The Joule Box includes a home hydrogen refueling station among other features.
Now the SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance my build upon this success. A prototype is expected to rollout the summer of 2016 and if it meets all criteria then the company will be awarded the $1 million prize in December of 2016.