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Advancing Hydrogen Storage and Fuel Cell Technologies

Tue, 23 January, 2024

As Europe works towards the ambitious goal of becoming the first net-zero continent by 2050, hydrogen is seen as a key player in achieving clean energy and sustainable transportation. TWI aspires to be a pioneer in this field, actively contributing to the forefront of innovation in hydrogen storage and fuel cell technology.

The challenges posed by traditional methods of storing hydrogen, such as high-pressure tanks or cryogenic temperatures, demand innovative solutions. In response, TWI is actively engaged in cutting-edge research, particularly in the utilisation of ultraporous materials for hydrogen storage. Recognising the transformative potential of these materials, TWI is part of the Mast3rboost project, as part of a wider collaborative effort alongside projects like HySTrAm, MOST-H2 and Ambher, all funded under the HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-17 call. Mast3rboost aims to showcase promising hydrogen storage technologies, providing alternatives that address cost, safety, and feasibility concerns associated with traditional storage methods.

Fuel cells, utilising hydrogen to produce electricity with only water and heat as by-products, represent a clean and efficient form of energy. At TWI, we recognise the wide-ranging applications of fuel cells, from transportation to emergency backup power. In alignment with Europe's journey towards net-zero status, our expertise contributes to the exploration of fuel cells' potential, fostering greater efficiencies, lower emissions, and quieter operation compared to traditional combustion technologies.

Despite the rising popularity of battery-powered electric cars as a cleaner solution in the automotive industry, hydrogen fuel cells offer distinct advantages, including longer travel distances, quicker refuelling times, and the cleanest fuel available. TWI envisions hydrogen fuel cells as a complement to electric power, emphasising the environmental benefits and the abundance of hydrogen as a fuel source.

Recognising the need for continued investment in technology and supporting infrastructure to realise the full potential of hydrogen fuel cells, TWI is committed to staying at the forefront of transformative advancements in the field, through collaborative projects like Mast3rboost and a commitment to innovation, which will actively shape the future of clean energy and sustainable transportation.

You can find out more about the MAST3RBoost project on the dedicated project website, here.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe's research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101058574. TWI's work in this project is funded by Innovate UK under grant no 10040807.

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