World-first study aims to deliver safer, cleaner and cheaper hydrogen power

An exciting endeavour in efficient hydrogen storage
24 November 2020

A ground-breaking project to develop a new way of storing hydrogen in buses has been launched by academics from LSBU, School of the Built Environment and Architecture.

The LSBU project aims to deliver:

  • Improved safety with hydrogen stored at lower pressures in smaller cylinders on buses instead of the large high-pressure cylinders that are currently used.
  • More space on buses because large high-pressure cylinders are replaced by smaller cylinders.
  • Reduced power consumption because the new storage system could provide the bus with cooling power for air conditioning.

LSBU researchers will investigate using hydride to absorb, release and store hydrogen. This would remove the need for large high-pressure cylinders which is the way hydrogen is currently stored on buses.

LSBU has been awarded £60,000 of government funding from Innovate UK for the project and will work with industry experts in thermal management, Ricardo, on design and analysis in the first phase. This will be followed by the development of a prototype of new hydrogen storage in the second phase of the project.

Professor Yunting Ge, LSBU Professor of Building Services Engineering, said, “Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles produce very low carbon emissions and no air pollution which makes them vital to cleaning our air and tackling climate change. But concerns have been raised about the size, cost and safety of hydrogen storage in buses.

“Our LSBU project aims to develop a safer and cheaper way of storing hydrogen which takes up less space than the large high-pressure hydrogen tanks that are used in buses today.

“This is another example of LSBU’s ground-breaking research work to curb climate change, cut carbon emissions and clean our air.”