Application of hydrides in hydrogen storage and compression: Achievements, outlook and perspectives

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  • Jose Bellosta von Colbe, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH
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  • Jose Ramón Ares, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
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  • Jussara Barale, Università degli Studi di Torino
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  • Marcello Baricco, Università degli Studi di Torino
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  • Craig Buckley, Curtin University
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  • Giovanni Capurso, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH
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  • Noris Gallandat, GRZ Technologies Ltd.
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  • David M. Grant, University of Nottingham
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  • Matylda N. Guzik, University Oslo
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  • Isaac Jacob, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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  • Emil H. Jensen, Department of Technology Systems, University Oslo
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  • Torben Jensen
  • Julian Jepsen, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH
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  • Thomas Klassen, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH
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  • Mykhaylol V. Lototskyy, University of the Western Cape
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  • Kandavel Manickam, University of Nottingham
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  • Amelia Montone, and Sustainable Development
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  • Julian Puszkiel, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
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  • Sabrina Sartori, University Oslo
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  • Drew A. Sheppard
  • Alastair Stuart, University of Nottingham
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  • Gavin Walker, University of Nottingham
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  • Colin J. Webb, Griffith University
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  • Heena Yang, EMPA
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  • Volodymyr Yartys, Institute for Energy Technology
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  • Andreas Züttel, EMPA
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  • Martin Dornheim, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht - Zentrum für Material- und Küstenforschung GmbH

Metal hydrides are known as a potential efficient, low-risk option for high-density hydrogen storage since the late 1970s. In this paper, the present status and the future perspectives of the use of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage are discussed. Since the early 1990s, interstitial metal hydrides are known as base materials for Ni – metal hydride rechargeable batteries. For hydrogen storage, metal hydride systems have been developed in the 2010s [1] for use in emergency or backup power units, i. e. for stationary applications. With the development and completion of the first submarines of the U212 A series by HDW (now Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems) in 2003 and its export class U214 in 2004, the use of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage in mobile applications has been established, with new application fields coming into focus. In the last decades, a huge number of new intermetallic and partially covalent hydrogen absorbing compounds has been identified and partly more, partly less extensively characterized. In addition, based on the thermodynamic properties of metal hydrides, this class of materials gives the opportunity to develop a new hydrogen compression technology. They allow the direct conversion from thermal energy into the compression of hydrogen gas without the need of any moving parts. Such compressors have been developed and are nowadays commercially available for pressures up to 200 bar. Metal hydride based compressors for higher pressures are under development. Moreover, storage systems consisting of the combination of metal hydrides and high-pressure vessels have been proposed as a realistic solution for on-board hydrogen storage on fuel cell vehicles. In the frame of the “Hydrogen Storage Systems for Mobile and Stationary Applications” Group in the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Task 32 “Hydrogen-based energy storage” different compounds have been and will be scaled-up in the near future and tested in the range of 500 g to several hundred kg for use in hydrogen storage applications.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume44
Issue15
Pages (from-to)7780-7808
Number of pages29
ISSN0360-3199
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • Hydrogen compression, Hydrogen storage, Metal hydrides

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