Hydrogen storage in hydrides for safe energy systems (HYSTORY)

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Funding source

EU Fifth Framework Programme - Energy, environment and sustainable development

Project Details

Start date: 01/11/2002
End date: 31/10/2005
Funding: 2370790 EUR


A major unresolved problem for the introduction of the 'Hydrogen Economy' and the extensive use of hydrogen as energy carrier is efficient and safe storage of hydrogen. High pressure compressed gas storage is energy intensive if high volume efficiency is desired, and liquid and solid hydrogen storage even more so. Storing hydrogen in the fun of solid metal hydrides from which it can readily be recovered by heating is an alternative and safe, highly volume efficient storage method. For typical applications, however, both volume and weight efficiencies are important. Conventional metal hydrides (MH) suffer from low weight efficiencies and the challenge is to improve them substantially. In addition, the temperature and pressure of operation of the materials need to conform to specifications set by the practical applications. With a view to responding to these challenges, HYSTORY aspires to advance significantly the state-of-the-art in three MH classes and develop hydrides based on lightweight, low cost elements with improved hydrogen storage properties. The proposal is driven mainly by the material developers and industrial producers while including a number of end-users that will integrate and test the respective hydrogen storage systems (material & tank) in stationary (power generation) and marine (FC-based boats) fuel cell applications.

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