DOE Materials-Based Hydrogen Storage Summit: Defining Pathways for Onboard Automotive Applications
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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosted the DOE Materials-Based Hydrogen Storage Summit: Defining Pathways to Onboard Automotive Applications on January 27–28, 2015, in Golden, Colorado. The objectives of this meeting were to (1) present and discuss recent results from DOE's hydrogen storage system modeling efforts and their implications for hydrogen storage materials development efforts, and (2) gather input from various stakeholders to identify hydrogen storage materials development pathways and areas of research needed. This input will be used to help guide future activities for the DOE hydrogen storage program.
Through complete system modeling, DOE has identified the material-level characteristics that are necessary to meet system performance requirements. Fuel cell electric vehicles are being introduced commercially today. Therefore, if materials-based storage technologies are to be employed on consumer vehicles in the future, it is imperative that the development of practical hydrogen storage materials is accelerated and efforts are focused on research pathways with the highest probability of success. By understanding the material characteristics needed to meet targeted system performance, researchers can identify materials development strategies that have a higher probability of success.