Showcase Webinar: Fluid Systems for H2 Applications

Fluid Systems for H2 Applications

Going live: March 28th 2023
16:00 (BST) | 8:00 (PST) | 11:00 (EST)

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Hydrogen must be stored at high pressures to achieve the energy density required for use in fuel cell vehicles and infrastructure. So, fluid systems that are designed to contain hydrogen in refueling station infrastructure and on-vehicle applications need to deliver very specific performance characteristics, including:

  • Gas seal tightness
  • Tube grip strength
  • Vibration resistance
  • Material integrity
  • Efficient installation and maintenance

Only OEMs, station owners, and contractors who use fluid system components that reliably deliver on these attributes to manufacture H2 fuel cell vehicles and the refueling station infrastructure will be successful. And their success is what will drive the hydrogen mobility industry forward and help the world meet our aggressive goals for sustainable, clean energy.  

Led by Chuck Hayes, Principal Applications Engineer for Clean Energy at Swagelok, this presentation will discuss the critical considerations for fluid system components (tube fittings, valves,  regulators, and hoses) used in hydrogen applications and systems. As a small-molecule gas, hydrogen can migrate through tiny crevices and diffuse into the materials designed to contain them. Also, high storage and dispensing pressures, as well as rapid thermal and pressure changes, are challenges for the processing of H2 as a fuel source. Specification of high-performing fluid system components designed for these challenging applications will help ensure the long-term, leak-tight operation of the system.

Webinar Host:

Chuck Hayes

Principal Applications Engineer for Clean Energy


Chuck Hayes is a 31-year veteran of Swagelok Company, a world leader in the development of fluid system products, assemblies, and services. He has spent the last 25 years developing a wide range of fluid system products and the past 20 years focused exclusively on fitting technology for alternative fuel applications. Chuck currently holds 7 patents in the US and numerous patents internationally.

He is an active member of CSA (Canadian Standards Association Group) committees for both CNG and Hydrogen and has recently been the chair of HGV (Hydrogen Gas Vehicles) 4.10 for fittings. Chuck also sits on ISO-TC97 (Technical Committee) and participates in international working groups. During his time as Principal Applications Engineer for the transportation market, Chuck has supported numerous on-vehicle platform development projects globally.

Today, he concentrates most of his time on the development of hydrogen mobility solutions for both infrastructure and on-vehicle applications.