A team of scientists has managed to develop a technique for transforming hydrogen into a powder form and back to its gaseous form, all without chemicals. A promising innovation that could revolutionize the storage of hydrogen and other gases.
Researchers at Deakin University in Australia have successfully storedin powder form, which is both easier and safer to transport. At any time, it is possible to restore its gaseous appearance, simply by heating this powder. This discovery could upset the entire industry and open up new development prospects for say clean.
Here, the researchers succeeded in developing an original and unprecedented technique forand gas storage. To achieve this, they used powdered which has a very high capacity of . During the process, this powder is placed in a grinder containing small balls in . The collision of these balls with the powder and the wall of the chamber then triggers a mechano-chemical reaction which gradually leads to the absorption of the gas by the powder. Note that this solution does not require harsh chemicals and does not create any by-products.
A demonstration validated in the laboratory
Once absorbed in this, the gas can then be transported easily and safely. It will then suffice to heat the powder under vacuum to release the gas in a perfectly unchanged form.
Such a process makes it possible in theory to be able to store(or other gases) anywhere and use it whenever needed. For the moment, the success of this method has only been demonstrated in the laboratory. The next step will therefore be to validate it with the industry to develop practice.
As a reminder, the current method of storing theconsists in using a tank with high or even to cool the gas down to its form . However, these methods involve relatively hazardous processes and chemicals.