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Reference Number 2002-7-57-1-5
Title Feasibility of developing novel high volume fuel cell hydrogen storage using thermally restructured PAN.
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen storage) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 50%;
Applied Research and Development 50%;
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Mr J Holden
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HILTech Developments Ltd
Award Type 3
Funding Source Carbon Trust
Start Date 01 June 2003
End Date 28 February 2004
Duration 9 months
Total Grant Value £47,160
Industrial Sectors
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Mr J Holden , HILTech Developments Ltd (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Northern Carbon Research Laboratories, Newcastle University (0.001%)
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Objectives The key objective is to investigate the technical feasibility of novel hydrogen storage using a low-cost active carbon and low-cost manufacturing, as an alternative medium to carbon nanostructures. The aim is to achieve the performance of carbon nanotubes at a much lower unit cost.
Abstract The project is based on leading-edge materials science and a successful development will be a major breakthrough in solving the problems of safe low-cost hydrogen storage applications. It is anticipated that this will greatly advance the market for hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. In summary, a successful project should bring: a very significant reduction in hydrogen storage costs, in excess of 50% over all known and potential alternative technologies; a very significant overall improvement in hydrogen storage efficiency, theoretically achieving a minimum 5.5% hydrogen to carbon weigh; a considerable reduction in energy used in achieving hydrogen storage compared with: compressed hydrogen, liquefaction, metal hydrides etc. From earlier HILTech sponsored electrochemistry, doping of carbon was found to give rise to the possibility of a range of materials each having specific predetermined qualities. Materials science through ionic doping promises a basis for an entirely new activecarbon hydrogen storage medium. A major activity of this feasibility study is addressing the doping of commercially available carbon-based polymers. Monitoring of changes in physical and chemical properties using a wide range of analytical techniques, will be provided by Newcastle University. The proposed development for hydrogen storage is anticipated to make use of the affinity of carbon and hydrogen atoms and also add functionality to the conductive polymer matrix by having a conjugated carbon/alkali/metal backbone based on commercial carbon precursors. HILTech Developments Limited is a leading edge research and development company, engaged in a wide range of advanced electric vehicle technologies. Current projects include novel inverter technology for fuel cells and fuel cell testing, as well as novel hydrogen storage. The Northern Carbon Research Laboratories at Newcastle University is an international centre of excellence in the field of carbon science. The work on adsorption/desorption kinetics is of particular significance to the current study where repetitive adsorption/desorption cycles are of critical importance in determining the overall performance of an adsorbent system for gas storage
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