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Hydrogen storage in hydrides for safe energy systems (HYSTORY)

Objective

A major unresolved problem for the introduction of the 'Hydrogen Economy' and the extensive use of hydrogen as energy carrier is efficient and safe storage of hydrogen. High pressure compressed gas storage is energy intensive if high volume efficiency is desired, and liquid and solid hydrogen storage even more so. Storing hydrogen in the fun of solid metal hydrides from which it can readily be recovered by heating is an alternative and safe, highly volume efficient storage method. For typical applications, however, both volume and weight efficiencies are important. Conventional metal hydrides (MH) suffer from low weight efficiencies and the challenge is to improve them substantially. In addition, the temperature and pressure of operation of the materials need to conform to specifications set by the practical applications. With a view to responding to these challenges, HYSTORY aspires to advance significantly the state-of-the-art in three MH classes and develop hydrides based on lightweight, low cost elements with improved hydrogen storage properties. The proposal is driven mainly by the material developers and industrial producers while including a number of end-users that will integrate and test the respective hydrogen storage systems (material & tank) in stationary (power generation) and marine (FC-based boats) fuel cell applications.

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Coordinator

INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

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18,Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller

Norway

Participants (8)

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ABB AB

Sweden

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

KOCKUMS AB

Sweden

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH 'DEMOKRITOS'

Greece

SCMM DEPART AGRICOLE

France

STATKRAFT SF

Norway

STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITET

Sweden

TREIBACHER INDUSTRIE AG

Austria

Project information

Grant agreement ID: ENK6-CT-2002-00600

  • Start date

    1 November 2002

  • End date

    31 October 2005

Funded under:

FP5-EESD

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 245 918

  • EU contribution

    € 2 370 789

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

Norway