Scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) have developed an alternative method to safely transport and transfer high-pressure gas used for recharging storage cylinders. The gas is liquefied at the source for transport as a cryogenic fluid at or slightly above atmospheric pressure. At the destination, a heating/expansion process converts the cryogenic fluid to a room-temperature high-pressure gas, which is used to recharge the high-pressure (6,000 psi or more) storage cylinder. This method of low-pressure transport is safer than other systems that involve room-temperature gas transported in high-pressure tanks. Additional benefits include reductions in weight and volume, resulting in lower transportation costs. JSC has applied for patent protection for this technology.
JSC has applied for patent protection for this technology.
This technology is being made available through JSC’s Technology Transfer and Commercialization Office, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing this technology for commercial applications.
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