Storage of Hydrogen at room temperature is within sight


Research in Canada has discovered a way to keep hydrogen at room temperature, and so making it easier to store.

Until recently, advanced fuel engineers have only been able to store hydrogen as a gas in massive tanks or as a liquid in high-pressure tubes at temperatures as low as minus 273 degrees Celsius. Both of these methods are expensive and impractical, but could be about to change.

David Antonelli from the University of Windsor has made a breakthrough in hydrogen storage research and is attracting worldwide attention – particularly from car manufacturers. He has recently signed a contract with car firm Chrysler to $quot;optimize$quot; a cheap way of storing hydrogen in fuel tanks at room temperature.

He has discovered a way of storing hydrogen cheaply and safely in low-pressure tanks by using a mixture of non-perishable titanium oxide powder and silica, a main component in most types of glass.

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