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DOE Launches Comprehensive Hydrogen Storage Materials Clearinghouse

Dec. 6, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has launched a comprehensive hydrogen storage materials database to collect and disseminate materials data and accelerate advanced materials research and development. The new database includes information from the DOE/International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydpark Databases, Hydrogen Storage Material Centers of Excellence, and the Fuel Cell Technologies Program.

As a free access resource for the research and development community, the database will accelerate the development of advanced hydrogen storage materials by consolidating the technical knowledge-base, including hundreds of material property listings and references, in a single location. The listings include properties such as synthesis conditions, sorption, and release conditions and impurities formed during release reactions, etc.

On December 13 at 11:00 a.m. EST, DOE is offering a webinar to demonstrate the functionality of the database, covering topics such as accessing and extracting data, submitting new material property data for inclusion, and performing organized searches. The real-time walkthrough of the database will provide an opportunity for user questions and feedback. Register now to attend this free webinar or learn more.

Developed with funding support from DOE and Sandia National Laboratories and initiated as part of IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement Task 12, the DOE/IEA Hydride Databases included extensive listings of alloys reported to produce hydrides, detailed engineering properties on selected hydrogen storage elements and alloys, and hydride applications. Task 12 of the IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement was an R&D effort to develop new solid hydrogen storage media, in particular aiming at properties that might be suitable for hydrogen fueled vehicles. While offline for over a year, this new portal once again makes this valuable resource available to the global research community. Over the last several years, DOE-funded researchers have been collaborating on advanced hydrogen storage materials with more than 40 laboratories in at least 19 countries, and this database will provide an opportunity to leverage activities and share results worldwide.

—Julia Thomas