Development of a new storage technology of hydrogen

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Find alternatives to fossil energy is a priority for the 70 years. The use of hydrogen is one and forms the basis of research conducted by chemists from the University of New Brunswick Fredericton (UNBF) and the company HSM Systems, Inc.

While the development of storage systems is the subject of studies on the progress of the already existing hydrogen for chemical industries in particular, these results could have an impact if they were accessible to everyday consumers.

While a car can carry upto 600 km with a standard gasoline tank, it will roll that 20 km, has identical volume of hydrogen.

Dr. McGrady, chemist UNBF, studied the possibility of replacing the large metal cylinder, more than a meter long, usually used to store hydrogen, a container of about 250 ml which contain the same amount of gas.

To do this, the hydrogen would be infused in a light metal powder.

The researcher studied the current hybrid materials that would retain a
maximum of atoms of hydrogen. To reduce the costs related to this method, it plans to create a reusable system, the hydrogen can be stored again by the powder, once frees gas by a previous use.

Dr. McGrady hopes to begin tests on a prototype by a 12 18 months.

contacts:
- Sean McGrady, D.Phil, Department of Chemistry. - University of New
Brunswick, Fredericton, NB E3B 6E2, Canada - tel: + 1 506 452 6340, Fax: + 1
506 453 4981 - email: smcgrady@unb.ca
Sources: http://www.unb.ca/news/view.cgi?id=721
Editor: Elodie Pinot, OTTAWA, sciefran@ambafrance-ca.org


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