Graphene hydrogen fuel tanks will allow vehicles to cross the country from the Tatra Mountains to the Baltic Sea without refuelling. They will be also suitable for spaceships. There is a long way to go to achieve an ambitious goal. This scientific journey is financed by the Graf-Tech National Centre for Research and Development program. The project is managed by Professor Piotr Kula from Lodz University of Technology, and his team is supported by the industrial partner - Seco/Warwick. The research carried out by the Professor Piotra Kula's team is a breakthrough on a world scale, because in future, it will enable the use of hydrogen instead of oil in automotive industry. This is the target of the research. The graphene produced by the professor Kula's team is ultralight and has high strength. Tests confirm that it can be successfully used as a material for hydrogen storage. Such a material will be able to absorb and recover hydrogen by changing the temperature. Chemical bonding of individual hydrogen atoms with the surface of graphene ensures its storage. Hydrogen stored in this way will not decrease its concentration over time. At the appropriate time, hydrogen will be recovered in the molecular state by heating the hydrogen reservoir. In the future, such hydrogen may be a source of energy for powering car or spaceship engines. Before the use of graphene brings benefits to the economy and makes life easier for us, many investments will be needed. Poland has already been investing. The National Research and Development Centre has allocated nearly PLN 4.9 million for the project. Seco / Warwick SA has paid about 1.3 PLN million to support the research. – The project concerns the development of a new material based on graphene for reversible hydrogen storage, with the further prospect for use in the automotive industry as reservoirs for the new generation fuel. In the short term, the material will be used in various industrial applications. It will be useful, among others, for filtration of gases, separation of various mixtures in numerous technological processes - says professor Kula.
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