Newly developed aluminum alloy stores hydrogen for fuel cells
A new, lightweight aluminum alloy developed by Japanese researchers is able to store hydrogen for fuel cells.
This is good news because aluminum-based alloy hydrides, as opposed to magnesium, sodium and boron versions, are light weight, non-toxic to plants and animals, and contain no volatile gas products, except hydrogen.
"Although its synthesis requires very extreme conditions and its hydrogen content is low, our new compound showed that an aluminum-based alloy hydride is achievable," said Hiroyuki Saitoh, lead author of the paper.
"Based on what we've learned from this first step, we plan to synthesize similar materials at more moderate conditions—products that hopefully will prove to be very effective at storing hydrogen."