This project provides a metrological tool and standards supporting the fair trade of hydrogen gas as a vehicle fuel of the future.
The Fluid Metrology Group (FMG) and the Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) collaborated in designing, constructing, and testing a hydrogen gas dispenser field test standard that utilizes three independent measurement methods: 1) gravimetric, 2) PVT, and 3) master meter.
Demonstrate safe, affordable, low-uncertainty methods for testing the accuracy of dispensers of hydrogen gas at working pressures up to 35 MPa.
To prove the field test standard (FTS) is capable of performing in a field setting, NIST first used the TFF as a high pressure helium gas source to simulate type D dispenser filling of a 1 kg hydrogen capacity vehicle storage tank. The FTS was then taken to a field location to compare the three test methods at a hydrogen dispenser. The storage tank is built into the portable FTS and is equipped with temperature and pressure sensors, a coriolis meter as the master meter, and automated data acquisition. The FTS was evaluated such that the requirements of NIST handbook 44: Hydrogen Gas-Measuring Devices – Tentative Code were met.
During the laboratory phase (Phase 1), we designed, constructed and tested the FTS in a controlled environment. The TFF allows us to: 1) evaluate each field test method using surrogate gases (helium) without the time and safety constraints that will be encountered in the field, 2) use more accurate instruments that are incompatible with high-pressure hydrogen, and 3) achieve the best possible reproducibility. The field tests (Phase 2) was successfully carried out at a hydrogen dispenser.