Hydrogen storage vessels built to last – and to be recycled
Hydrogen gas has three times greater energy density by weight, but far less by volume, than conventional liquid petroleum fuels. For use in transport, it is highly compressed, making its safe storage a challenge. Thermoset composites around polymer liners have largely replaced metals as storage container materials. Now, thermoplastic polymers are in line to replace thermosets, because they have the potential to reduce refuelling/emptying time, cleaning time, costs, weight and volume while enhancing safety performance and recyclability. The EU-funded THOR project is developing a demonstrator of a thermoplastic hydrogen storage vessel to validate the principle of H2 gaseous recyclable tanks for further integration in transportation applications, ultimately strengthening the EU's hydrogen fuel economy.
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- /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
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Funding SchemeFCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action