News for the Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle storage; a new breakthrough in a nano material promises to increase storage capacity and safety for storing Hydrogen to be used in automotive applications for example.
The nano material can lock in the hydrogen molecules, creating a very stable means for storage, while still allowing the hydrogen to be extracted for use in a convenient (low temperature) way without damaging or 'burning up' the storage material.
A promissing technology in the least and something that can help the car manufacturers like Mercedes and Honda amongst others to improve their Fuel Cell Vehicle programs.
New material designed for hydrogen storage
The Berkeley Lab researchers created the pliable nanocomposite from a matrix of polymethyl methacrylate, which is a polymer related to Plexiglas, with nanoparticles of magnesium sprinkled throughout. It reportedly is able to absorb and release hydrogen at “modest temperatures,” without oxidizing the magnesium after cycling.To confirm that hydrogen was present within the magnesium, the researchers observed the nanoparticles through the world’s most powerful transmission electron microscope, the TEAM 0.5 – also located at Berkeley Lab.