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Introduction

  • Darren P. Broom
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Part of the Green Energy and Technology book series (GREEN)

Abstract

A major technological barrier currently preventing the proposed transition to a “hydrogen economy” is the storage of hydrogen for use as an energy carrier. There are various methods available, but none of these can currently achieve the required storage densities. The use of a reversible solid state hydrogen storage material, however, is one of the most promising potential solutions to this problem. In this opening chapter, we will look at some of the background to this topic, including the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier, the barriers to the widespread use of hydrogen energy in transportation technology, the different methods that can be used for the storage of hydrogen and the use of solid state media. We will then introduce the measurement methods for hydrogen uptake determination and some of the complementary characterisation techniques that can be used. We also discuss the reasons why the accurate characterisation of the storage properties of a material is an important and high profile topic. We will close the chapter by defining some of the terminology used throughout the book.

Keywords

Fuel Cell Hydrogen Storage Microporous Material Hydrogen Storage Material Hydrogen Sorption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hiden Isochema LtdWarringtonUK

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