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Glass Fuel Tanks for Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles

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posted on Jul, 7 2004 @ 04:36 PM
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This is absolutely awesome. Everyone knows that the storage of hydrogen in so-called fuel-cell vehicles has been a major concern. However, some researchers at Alfred University may have found the perfect way to do it.
 



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The miniature glass spheres, known as microspheres, "are a much safer method for transporting hydrogen," says Jim Shelby, project leader and professor of ceramic engineering at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.

"Each tiny microsphere acts as its own pressure vessel. In an accident, they would not break and release a large quantity of hydrogen, as would the rupture of a big tank of gas," he adds. Instead, the spheres would just spill onto the ground, some possibly breaking into beads that would release minute amounts of hydrogen.



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This is a major step foward for next-generation fuels. As someone who has been on the look-out for anything that could help us from being so reliant on oil, this is definitely good news.

[edit on 8-7-2004 by John bull 1]




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