The National Composites Centre (NCC) has recently announced the successful testing of a range of composite cryogenic storage tanks specifically designed and manufactured to hold liquid hydrogen – a significant milestone in the UK’s journey towards advancing expertise in the realm of cryogenic hydrogen storage, supporting the nation’s transition to a hydrogen-based economy, according to the NCC.
This achievement marks one of the initial instances of composite cryogenic hydrogen storage tanks being conceptualised, built, and tested within the UK. The development could aid in the pursuit of long-lasting, high-performance cryogenic storage tanks.
The commercial aviation sector, in particular, necessitates lightweight fuel tanks capable of enduring numerous fillings and emptying’s, high cycles, while remaining functional over several decades.
In collaboration with Filton Systems Engineering (FSE), the NCC undertook a rigorous tank-testing program employing a liquid hydrogen vacuum test chamber and cryo-rated testing instrumentation.
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