University of Bath

Hydrogen storage materials: developments in transport and smoothing routes to renewable generation

An IPR Policy Brief examining the development and evaluation of new materials for safe hydrogen storage for use in transport and grid systems.

Hydrogen is a sustainable, non-polluting and low carbon alternative to fossil fuels; its use can reduce the negative effects of climate change. However, whilst there is public concern over climate change and support for the use of renewable energy sources, there is also distrust of using hydrogen as a fuel. New and safer methods for storing hydrogen are needed for transportation systems. In addition, generating and storing hydrogen at times when there is excess energy production capacity on the electricity grid can help balance the variability of demand and prevent wastage of surplus energy.

This brief outlines research programmes within the University of Bath’s Department of Chemical Engineering, focused on the development and evaluation of new materials for safe hydrogen storage for use in transport and grid systems. In particular, it highlights the work of University Prize Fellow Dr Valeska Ting.