Hydrogen Storage

With support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), NREL develops comprehensive storage solutions, with a focus on hydrogen storage material properties, storage system configurations, interface requirements, and well-to-wheel analyses. NREL also provides technical input for DOE's Hydrogen Storage Engineering Center of Excellence.

Hydrogen Storage Characterization and Optimization Effort (HySCORE)

NREL's current activities include quantifying storage characteristics of novel materials and helping to achieve Energy Department storage targets. NREL is the laboratory lead in HySCORE, a collaboration between NREL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and National Institute of Standards and Technology. The objective of HySCORE is to develop and enhance the Fuel Cell Technologies Office hydrogen storage core capabilities and validate claims, concepts, and theories of hydrogen storage materials.


The following documents provide more information about NREL's hydrogen storage research.

An International Multi-Laboratory Investigation of Carbon-Based Hydrogen Sorbent Materials, Applied Physics A (2016).

Recommended Volumetric Capacity Definitions and Protocols for Accurate, Standardized and Unambiguous Metrics of Hydrogen Storage Materials, Applied Physics A (2016)

Hydrogen Adsorption Properties of Platinum Decorated Hierarchically Structured Templated Carbons, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2013)

A Dynamic Calibration Technique for Temperature Programmed Desorption Spectroscopy, Review of Scientific Instruments (2013)

Spectroscopic Identification of Hydrogen Spillover Species in Ruthenium-Modified High Surface Area Carbons by Diffuse Reflectance Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2012)

Reactions and Reversible Hydrogenation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Anions, Journal of Materials Research (2012)

Manipulation of Hydrogen Binding Energy and Desorption Kinetics by Boron Doping of High Surface Area Carbon, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2012)

Hydrogen Storage Needs for Early Motive Fuel Cell Markets, NREL Technical Report (2012)

Hydrogen Sorption Center of Excellence Final Report, DOE Technical Report (2010)


Thomas Gennett

Senior Scientist