DOE awards funding to projects focused on hydrogen fuel storage

April 13, 2015 0 By Stephen Vagus

Department of Energy provides $4.6 million in funding for promising hydrogen fuel storage projects in the US

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that $4.6 million in funding will be issued to four projects that are meant to develop advanced hydrogen storage materials. These projects may be critical to the future of hydrogen fuel in the future, as modern storage methods are often considered inefficient and expensive. Advanced storing materials may aid in the commercialization of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell technologies, paving the way for a hydrogen economy at some point in the future.

Ames Laboratory will be experimenting with new composite material that can store hydrogen more efficiently

Ames Laboratory will be receiving $1.2 million from the federal agency for its project, which involves investigation into the development of high-capacity, silicon-based composite derived from borohydride and graphene. The organization will work to determine whether or not this composite material could be viable for hydrogen storage. If the composite is deemed viable, Ames Laboratory will use it to develop reversible, high-capacity hydrogen fuel storage materials.

California project aims to use graphene to store hydrogen

DOE Funds Hydrogen Fuel ProjectThe California Institute of Technology is receiving $1 million from the Department of Energy for its own experimentation with hydrogen storage materials. The organization is also using graphene for its research, which has become a very popular material in the field of energy research. Graphene could hold the key to improving the performance of hydrogen fuel cells and unlock new ways to store hydrogen that are more efficient and affordable than modern storage solutions.

Texas A&M University to develop new hydrogen sorbents that will be more efficient and effective than modern solutions

Texas A&M University has been awarded $1.2 million from the Department of Energy, which will be used by the organization to develop low-cost hydrogen sorbets. These materials are designed to absorb hydrogen, storing this fuel until it is needed at a later time. The university will be examining ways to improve modern sorbents, hoping to develop their own sorbents that have greater storage capacity and can release hydrogen fuel more efficiently.

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