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Title: Enhanced methods for operating refueling station tube-trailers to reduce refueling cost

A method and apparatus are provided for operating a refueling station including source tube-trailers and at least one compressor to reduce refueling cost. The refueling station includes a gaseous fuel supply source including a plurality of tanks on a tube trailer coupled to a first control unit, and high pressure buffer storage having predefined capacity coupled to a second control unit and the first tanks by a pressure control valve and the first control unit, and at least one compressor. The refueling station is operated at different modes depending on a state of the refueling station at the beginning of each operational mode. The refueling system is assessed at the end of each operational mode to identify the state of the system and select a next mode of operation. The operational modes include consolidating hydrogen, or any gaseous fuel, within the tubes mounted on the trailer.
Inventors:
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Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1376062
Assignee:
UChicago Argonne, LLC ANL
Patent Number(s):
9,739,418
Application Number:
14/039,120
Contract Number:
AC02-06CH11357
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2013 Sep 27
Research Org:
Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY

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