Scottish Scientists Using Nanotech to Make Hydrogen Storage Tanks

Hydrogen fullerenes

In brief: Researchers at the University of Glasgow have teamed with EADS and Hydrogen Horizons to alter hydrogen (H2) storage tanks using nanotechnology.

The word

H2 FullerenesThe researchers hope to alter the materials in a Hydrogen Horizons Hydrisafe hydrogen storage tank at the nanoscale to raise the tanks' storage capacity.

EADS says the research is using alternative hydrogen storage materials, something the company specializes in, to replace the standard lanthanum nickel (LaNi5) alloy. The researchers want to replace that with nano-made hydrides such as magnesium hydride (MgH2).

All of this is to be used for future aircraft utilizing hydrogen fuel cells. The goal is to accommodate longer flights between refuelings.

And so ...

This could potentially also mean better H2 storage for cars on the road.

Photo credits: EADS

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