Hydrogen Fuel Tank Passes Test

The Lincoln Composites division of Advanced Technical Products, Inc. has successfully tested a TUFFSHELL hydrogen fuel tank with an operating pressure of 10,000-psi (700 bar) and a burst pressure of 25,000-psi (1750 bar).

ROSWELL, Georgia – May 23, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The 10,000-psi tank was displayed at the California Fuel Cell Vehicle Partnership meeting in Sacramento, California. A 5,000-psi hydrogen fuel tank was also displayed at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) World Congress in Detroit, Michigan. “Designing and manufacturing a 10,000-psi hydrogen tank is not a big challenge for us,” said Richard Rashilla, President of Lincoln Composites. “In fact, this achievement is the result of only a 4-week effort combined with almost 40 years of pressure vessel design and development experience.” To enhance the hydrogen storage efficiency for fuel cell vehicles it will be necessary to store compressed hydrogen at much higher pressures than currently used for compressed natural gas. A 10,000-psi tank would significantly increase the driving range of a compressed hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Most automotive OEMs believe that the additional range is necessary to make fuel cell vehicles viable. Lincoln’s 10,000-psi tank has an all-carbon fiber structure with a protective fiberglass over-wrap. Lincoln Composites designed this cost-effective product to meet all requirements of the Draft ISO 15869 standard for hydrogen fuel tanks.
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