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Hydrogen-storage materials for mobile applications

  • Schlapbach, Louis EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Research and Testing, Dübendorf, Switzerland - University of Fribourg, Physics Department, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Züttel, Andreas University of Fribourg, Physics Department, Fribourg, Switzerland
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  • Nature. - 2002, vol. 414, p. 353-358
English Mobility — the transport of people and goods — is a socioeconomic reality that will surely increase in the coming years. It should be safe, economic and reasonably clean. Little energy needs to be expended to overcome potential energy changes, but a great deal is lost through friction (for cars about 10 kWh per 100 km) and low-efficiency energy conversion. Vehicles can be run either by connecting them to a continuous supply of energy or by storing energy on board. Hydrogen would be ideal as a synthetic fuel because it is lightweight, highly abundant and its oxidation product (water) is environmentally benign, but storage remains a problem. Here we present recent developments in the search for innovative materials with high hydrogen-storage capacity.
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Département de Physique
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