A consortium of UK companies has begun a project to develop high pressure hydrogen storage tank aimed for use in HGV, bus and off highway applications.
The project, entitled HYSTOR, is run by Ultima Forma, Lentus Composites and the National Composites Centre (NCC) and involves the development of an electroformed integrated metallic liner overwrapped with composite. The thin walled liner, which is patented, provides an impermeable hydrogen membrane onto which structural carbon fiber is wound by Lentus Composites using automated filament winding equipment.
The project will undertake analysis, manufacture and initial testing of the vessel design including certifying a prototype vessel to service standards.
‘Composite materials will have a significant role in the deployment of hydrogen,’ said Marcus Walls-Bruck, chief engineer for hydrogen at the NCCC. ‘The NCC are excited to support the development of UK hydrogen supply chains, leveraging the investments the NCC have made in developing composites for hydrogen applications, and the expertise of Ultima Forma and Lentus Composites.’
‘Hydrogen propulsion systems are clearly identified as part of the UK’s Technology Roadmap and will play an increasingly significant role in the energy mix in the coming years,’ said Steve Newbury, MD of Ultima Forma. ‘Pressurised storage systems are a key component where the UK supply chain can play an influential role in this growing energy economy.’
As well as HGV, the technology could also be used in the rail, aerospace and space markets where hydrogen storage and minimal weight are important. The project aims to be completed in April 2022.
This story uses material from the NCC, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.