Scientists develop new material for Hydrogen Storage

Friday 08 2017 2 weeks ago 24   Moscow    Print

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Report  Web Desk : MOSCOW: A team of scientists in Russia has developed a new material with promising hydrogen-storage abilities Hydrogen has been promised as the remedy for the world’s addiction to fossil fuels. But to make hydrogen more economically viable, researchers must find cheaper, more efficient ways to make and store the gas. New technologies and materials are needed to ensure hydrogen-powered vehicles have a place to fill up their tank. Transporting hydrogen is dangerous, as air and hydrogen can react and combust. Researchers need materials that easily and efficiently absorb and store hydrogen so that it can be transported risk-free. Magnesium has been identified as an ideal hydrogen-storing material. Theoretical models suggest magnesium can take up hydrogen at a rate of 7.6 percent of its mass. Researchers were able to inch closer to magnesium’s theoretical potential by adding nickel and palladium to magnesium hydride. “The most safe and effective solution now is hydride-forming metals that absorb hydrogen,” researcher Grigoriy Churilov said. “Magnesium is the most promising of these metals: many scientists in the world are exploring the possibility of creating hydrogen accumulators based on magnesium hydride.” 02