Institute: Nottingham

Engineering safe and efficient hydride-based technologies

Prof David Grant

The aim of the project is to investigate and optimise metal hydride based technologies that are extremely compact but also have a high level of safety. A modular design will be adopted, where a module is sized for the smallest application (i.e. daily top-up for a commuter vehicle) capable of scale up.

The objective is to get 1) a MH store with a tank capacity up to 60 g(H2) L-1 exploring container to the bed formulation, heat transfer and recovery mechanisms, economically viable store materials, container and fabrication methods, to demonstrate mass deployment feasibility and 2) a MH cascade for compressing hydrogen from 10 to 350 bars.

It is anticipated that when the prototype compressor is completed it will be used in the University of Nottingham’s Energy Technologies Building as a demonstrator for wider acceptance of hydrogen technology for academic and public visitors.

For an extensive presentation on the project’s current progress, click here.