Progress of Cryogenics and Isotopes Separation , ISSN: 1582-2575
2006, Volume 9, Issue 17+18

Materials Demands for Hydrogen Storage

Elena David * , Vasile Stanciu , A. Armeanu , C. Sandru

National Institute of Cryogenics & Isotopic Technologies, Rm. Valcea

*Corresponding author: Elena David, e-mail:

Published: October 2006


In a future sustainable energy system based on renewable energy, environmentally harmless energy carriers like hydrogen, will be of crucial importance. One of the major impediments for the transition to a hydrogen based energy system is the lack of satisfactory hydrogen storage alternatives.In the last years, the possible to store hydrogen in various materials was extensively studied.
This paper is a preliminary study with the focus on advanced nanostructured materials such as solids of large surface area based on carbon structures, metals and different types of metal alloys, other intermetallic compounds, etc. as possibilities for hydrogen storage. The newest materials used for hydrogen storage are light metal alloys. We have so far focused in this review almost exclusively on experimental studies. Also there are presented the most important characteristics of these materials such as mechanical strength, porosity and afinity to hydrogen, and also the recent developments in the search for innovative materials with high hydrogen-storage capacity and our contribution in this field.


Carbon structures; Metal alloys; Light metal hydrides; Hydrogen storage.

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