The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is soliciting applications for R&D funding for viable hydrogen storage technologies for on-board vehicular applications.
This funding opportunity announcement follows a preliminary application phase that took place earlier this year. This announcement is for final applications, due by 14 October 2006. Final application is by invitation only.
DOE is requesting final applications in the following two categories:
Category 1: Projects that support and complement activities of the existing Hydrogen Storage Centers of Excellence in Metal Hydrides, Chemical Hydrogen Storage, and Carbon-Based Materials. Such projects must help establish important new technical approaches or capabilities not presently available at the Centers.
Category 2: Independent research and development projects that address one of three technical topics: 1) Materials Discovery; 2) Engineering Science; or 3) Systems, Safety and Environmental Analyses.
Separately, a team of researchers in Korea announced that they have identified a new material—titanium attached to a polymer—with a structure that can store hydrogen at normal temperature without pressurization.
Professor Jisoon Ihm and his team determined that Ti-decorated cis-polyacetylene would have reversibly usable gravimetric and volumetric density of 7.6 wt% and 63 kg/m3, respectively, near ambient conditions.
The thesis by Prof. Ihm’s team was published in the 4 August issue of Physical Review Letters.
“Combinatorial Search for Optimal Hydrogen-Storage Nanomaterials Based on Polymers”; Hoonkyung Lee, Woon Ih Choi, and Jisoon Ihm; Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 056104 (2006)
(A hat-tip to Lou Grinzo!)