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Energy Systems Integration Laboratory

Research in the Energy Systems Integration Laboratory is advancing engineering knowledge and market deployment of hydrogen technologies. Applications include microgrids, energy storage for renewables integration, and home- and station-based hydrogen vehicle fueling.

Photo of researchers running an experiment with a hydrogen fuel cell stack in the Energy Systems Integration Laboratory.

Key Infrastructure and Services

  • Over 3,000 square feet. of ventilated indoor monitored Class I-, Division 2-approved test space
  • Large test bays to accommodate various sized electrolyzers, fuel cells, and related systems
  • Two high pressure testing bays fully rated for testing systems to 15,000 pounds per square inch gauge (psig) of hydrogen
  • Automated robotic arm for hydrogen hose stress testing
  • Large adjacent outdoor testing area (85' x 30') for hydrogen storage, compression, and other large equipment (Hydrogen Infrastructure Testing & Research Facility HITRF)
  • 600 square-foot control room with remote monitoring, data logging and control of all test areas
  • Electrical room housing 8 high current DC power supplies capable of up to 4000A and 1 MW of power
  • Combustible gas and flare monitoring for main test bay
  • Automated monitoring and control systems
  • Standalone supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system
  • Deionized water supply
  • Access to ESIF's Research Electrical Distribution Bus (REDB) from both AC and DC networks
  • H35 and H70 hydrogen fueling dispensers
  • Real-time monitoring of stack and cell voltage, current, temperature and pressure

Types of Research

  • Close- and direct-coupling of renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaics and wind, to electrolyzer stacks
  • Performance and efficiency validation of electrolyzers, fuel cells, and compressors
  • Accelerated life testing of fueling components
  • Reliability and durability tracking and prediction
  • Equipment modeling and validation testing
  • Internal combustion or turbine technology for electricity production
  • Safety and code compliance validation

Recent Projects

Developing renewable electrolysis system with Nel Hydrogen and Proton Onsite

Evaluating polymer electrolyte membrane for optimal renewable energy integration with Giner, Inc.

Evaluating test operation of high-current density megawatt-scale electrolyzer with Giner ELX

Demonstrating power-to-gas system with Southern California Gas and Electrocheaea GmbH

Evaluating Tatsuno's flow meter with NREL's hydrogen flow meter benchmark capabilities

Advancing hydrogen dispenser technology using intelligent networks with Rheonik

Improving hydrogen dispenser hose reliability with NanoSonic, Inc.

Validating GVD Corporation's hydrogen compressor seal durability with NREL's HydroPac compressor

Collaborating with U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technology Office, Bioenergy Technologies Office, and Solar Energy Technologies Office