An important standard relating to hydrogen fueling infrastructure for fuel-cell vehicles is about to be adopted by SAE International and will help the implementation of the first phase of fuel cell vehicle commercial deployment in 2015. Jesse Schneider, as the lead of SAE’s J2601 Working Group on Hydrogen Fueling Protocol, gave an update on J2601 on April 17 at the SAE 2013 World Congress in Detroit. He also works at BMW as the Manager of Fuel Cell EV, Hydrogen, and Standards Development.
SAE J2601 is created by a multinational team of automakers, fuel providers, and government entities working toward a common goal of making a harmonized world hydrogen fueling protocol. Click here to watch an AEI interview with him following his presentation on hydrogen fueling standardization. The original guideline on hydrogen fueling was released by SAE in 2010, and a number of hydrogen stations have been built in accordance with it. The effectiveness of the J2601 gives a 3- to 5-min fueling time while giving fuel cell vehicles a range of greater than 300 mi (500 km), he added. “The guideline, J2601, has been validated in the field, worldwide, successfully for three years, and we are using these experiences and laboratory testing to standardize J2601 in 2013," he said.
SAE J2601 won this year’s SAE Environmental Engineering for Transportation Award (E2T) that Schneider accepted on behalf of the team April 16.