Kennedy Hosts Ground Hydrogen Symposium February 25, 2011
NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) hosted the KSC Ground Hydrogen Symposium on February 25, 2011. The symposium featured speakers from industry and academia, as well as Kennedy personnel sharing Kennedy's unique perspective on ground hydrogen systems.
Among the highlights were Space Florida and Space Coast Energy Consortium presentations on transferring NASA's space expertise to the energy sector; updates on the Florida Solar Energy Center hydrogen liquefaction; zero boil-off and densification system testing; Creare Inc. presentations on development of hydrogen turboexpanders; a Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne presentation on the development of a compact reformer to replace traditional steam methane reforming hydrogen production plants; and NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist's Space Technology Program (technology development and innovation programs that are broadly applicable to NASA's aeronautics, science and exploration enterprises).
In addition to formal presentations, participants had the opportunity to view refueling of gaseous hydrogen-powered vehicles on-site at Kennedy, part of the Mercedes-Benz F-CELL World Drive that originated in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. earlier in the day. These Mercedes-Benz B-Class vehicles are fitted with high pressure tanks of hydrogen which is converted to electricity via a fuel cell. This energy is either stored in lithium-ion batteries or used as it is produced powering a 130-hp electric motor driving the car's wheels.
by Susan Valek