Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Hydrogen Storage Breakthrough?
Good job Science Cat!
This could be big...
Via Space Transport News comes this story on a ROOM TEMPERATURE hydrogen storage system that contains 30% more H2 than liquid hydrogen of equal volume!
More info here.
The down side would seem to be the use of Ruthenium as a catalyst, as it is not terribly common. Note however, that it is a bit more common than platinum and found in the same ores. Platinum is a big component of fuel cells anyway and is occasionally considered a deal breaker regards the technology.
It is possible that a cheaper catalyst might be developed, and platinum group metals are believed to be in abundace on the moon and in certain asteroids.
Regardless, the storage of hydrogen at room temperature and in this density is, it seems to me a HUGE story!