Comments on solid state hydrogen storage systems design for fuel cell vehicles

David Wenger, Wolfgang Polifke, Eberhard Schmidt-Ihn, Tarek Abdel-Baset, Steffen Maus

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In recent years, significant research and development efforts were spent on hydrogen storage technologies with the goal of realizing a breakthrough for fuel cell vehicle applications. This article scrutinizes design targets and material screening criteria for solid state hydrogen storage. Adopting an automotive engineering point of view, four important, but often neglected, issues are discussed: 1) volumetric storage capacity, 2) heat transfer for desorption, 3) recharging at low temperatures and 4) cold start of the vehicle. The article shall help to understand the requirements and support the research community when screening new materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6265-6270
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 2009


  • Fuel cell vehicle
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Metal hydride
  • Requirements


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