The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $7 million in four projects aimed at advancing hydrogen storage technologies for use in fuel cell vehicles.
The three-year projects at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Washington state, University of Oregon, HRL Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in California, aim to lower costs and improve performance of storage systems.
PNNL will receive up to $2.1 million to develop carbon fibre composite materials for advanced high-pressure storage tanks for hydrogen, working with carmaker Ford, Lincoln Composites, Toray Carbon Fibers America and AOC.
The other three projects, meanwhile, will investigate novel storage materials. HRL Laboratories will receive up to $1.2 million to try using engineering liquids to store hydrogen gas.