Environmental Impact and Lifecycle Costs of Electricity Charging and Hydrogen Refueling Stations to Support Future Advanced Vehicles

The lack of electric vehicle recharging stations or hydrogen refueling stations is one issue that hinders the dispersion of electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the United States. The research team proposes to conduct research on the environmental impact evaluation and lifecycle cost analysis of future supporting transportation infrastructures for electric vehicles and hydrogen vehicles with two focuses on electric vehicle recharging stations and hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicle fueling stations. The team will build comprehensive lifecycle inventories for electricity generated from renewable energies, including solar and wind farms and hydrogen production via biomass gasification and water electrolysis, electric vehicle charging stations, and hydrogen refueling stations. The team will evaluate the environmental impact of electric vehicle charging stations, hydrogen refueling stations, and future integrated electricity-hydrogen charging/refueling stations with lifecycle assessment. The team will also conduct an exergy-economic analysis of these stations, i.e., lifecycle cost analysis with different types of electricity/hydrogen supplies, e.g., US electricity generation mix, renewable electricity, an integrated solar hydrogen refueling station, gaseous hydrogen delivered by pipeline, and liquid hydrogen truck delivery from a large hydrogen production plant, where hydrogen is produced through biomass processing or water splitting with electricity produced from solar/wind farms. Different charging methods and infrastructure facilities, such as regular AC charging, fast DC charging, and hydrogen storage for regenerating electricity, for electric vehicles will also be compared for their economic and environmental impact.


    • English


    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $585485
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Center for Infrastructure Transformation

      Prairie View A&M University
      Prairie View, TX  United States  77446
    • Performing Organizations:

      Prairie View A&M University

      Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
      P.O. Box 519
      Prairie View, TX  United States  77446
    • Principal Investigators:

      Kommalapati, Raghava

      Du, Hongbo

      Wang, Hao

    • Start Date: 20230901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20250831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
    • Source Data: 01-09-PVAMU

    Subject/Index Terms

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01893161
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Center for Infrastructure Transformation
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3552344813
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Sep 13 2023 12:51PM