Sandia National Laboratories and research company SRI International will be partnering over the next five years to examine technologies for natural gas vehicle and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle fuel systems and related equipment.
Sandia recently established its new Center for Infrastructure Research and Innovation (CIRI), where scientists and engineers are focusing on alternative fuel research and development. CIRI and Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF) will be working in concert with SRI International.
The project partners' research areas will include high-pressure system/component durability testing; destructive testing of components and systems; life-cycle testing; advanced storage technology; and more.
‘Sandia and SRI will address the most challenging barriers associated with alternative fuel infrastructure, including cost, performance and availability of the fueling systems,’ says Daniel Dedrick, hydrogen program manager at Sandia. ‘[We] see it as a critical step toward a comprehensive gaseous-fuel research capability for the nation.’