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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Scientists Achieve Breakthrough in Nanocomposite for High-Capacity Hydrogen Storage

U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory
March 14, 2011

Since the 1970s, hydrogen has been touted as a promising alternative to fossil fuels due to its clean combustion —unlike the combustion of fossil fuels, which spews  greenhouse gases and harmful pollutants, hydrogen’s only combustion by-product is water.  Compared to gasoline, hydrogen is lightweight, can provide a higher energy density and is readily available. But there’s a reason we’re not already living in a hydrogen economy: to replace gasoline as a fuel, hydrogen must be safely and densely stored, yet easily accessed. Limited by materials unable to leap these conflicting hurdles, hydrogen storage technology has lagged behind other clean energy candidates.
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