Award Date

1-1-2008

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

First Committee Member

Robert F. Boehm

Number of Pages

85

Abstract

A hydrogen filling station (HFS) has been constructed in Las Vegas to demonstrate how solar energy can be used to generate and store hydrogen as an energy carrier for transportation. This thesis presents a description of the station and the data acquisition system used to monitor its performance. Energy consumption by the hydrogen generation and storage equipment and energy production from a solar photovoltaic (PV) array were measured, and based on the characteristics of the different system components, a computer model was created to predict the amount of hydrogen that could be produced from the solar array. The hydrogen produced at the station is used by several converted vehicles, and the model is able to simulate the operation of the station based on a given level of vehicle usage.

Keywords

Filling; Hydrogen; Modeling; Monitoring; Performance; Powered; Solar; Station

Controlled Subject

Mechanical engineering

File Format

pdf

File Size

2.00 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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