DOE Awards $4.6 Million to Advance Hydrogen Storage Systems

April 13, 2015 By Karen Henry

DOE-logo-energy-manageThe US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $4.6 million in funding for four projects to develop advanced hydrogen storage materials. Advanced hydrogen storage systems will be critical to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

  1. Ames Laboratory of Ames, Iowa, will receive up to $1.2 million to investigate the development of novel, high-capacity, silicon-based borohydride/graphene composite hydrogen storage materials produced through mechanochemical processes. If successful, this project will develop reversible, high-capacity hydrogen storage materials.
  2. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena will receive up to $1 million to develop novel new high-capacity hydrogen sorbents — materials used to absorb liquids or gases — based on high-surface-area graphene. Improved sorbents with higher volumetric capacity will make hydrogen sorbent systems a more viable option for practical applications.
  3. Texas A&M University in College Station will receive up to $1.2 million to develop new, low-cost hydrogen sorbents that have high hydrogen sorption capacities that exceed the “Chahine rule,” the expected hydrogen adsorption per unit of surface area.
  4. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor will receive up to $1.2 million to develop “best-in-class” hydrogen sorbent materials, with a focus on achieving simultaneously high volumetric and high gravimetric densities. This project is expected to lead to further improvements in hydrogen sorbent systems for onboard vehicle use.

2G Cenergy launched a dedicated hydrogen-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) system at an energy station within the Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport in Germany. The hydrogen gas storage system at the airport uses a magnesium hydride technology for solid storage. The system, developed by McPhy Energy in Grenoble, France, is considered a breakthrough in terms of safe hydrogen storage.

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