DOE grants $2 million to test autonomous fueling stations

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) granted $2 million for a 3-year study of hydrogen gas fueling stations that can automatically connect to and refuel vehicles.
  • The technology, developed in a partnership between Plug Power and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Automation Technologies & Systems, will first be tested with autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) in a warehouse setting. Later tests will focus on on-road vehicles, such as delivery trucks.
  • "The AGVs currently require a person to perform the fueling connection,"  Dustan Skidmore, vice president of engineering for Plug Power, told Supply Chain Dive via e-mail. "The new dispenser will make them truly autonomous, able to operate and refuel themselves 24/7 without human intervention."

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