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Light-weight Alloy Promises Improved Hydrogen Storage

Driving four hundred kilometres with a Toyota Prius, for instance, would require 317Kg of modern lithium batteries. With the new alloy, the same distance need a hydrogen tank of only 200Kg.

Published: 07-Nov-2008

One of the biggest obstacles to using clean-burning hydrogen in cars and fuel cells is finding a way to safely and conveniently store the explosive gas.

New research by VU University Amsterdam has shown that one of the best storage media may be a lightweight alloy of magnesium, titanium and nickel.

A decade ago, researchers at the VU discovered that certain materials lose their reflection by absorbing hydrogen.

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