Hydrogen technology research is focused on developing and improving technologies for the production, storage, transportation, and use of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier. Hydrogen is a versatile fuel that can be used to generate electricity, power vehicles, and heat homes and businesses.
One of the key challenges facing hydrogen technology is the cost of production. Hydrogen is currently produced primarily from fossil fuels, which releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. However, researchers are developing new methods for producing hydrogen from renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. Another challenge facing hydrogen technology is the development of safe and efficient storage methods. As Hydrogen is a low density gas, it takes large amounts of energy to compress it for storage. Researchers are developing new materials that can store hydrogen more efficiently and safely.
Despite these challenges, hydrogen technology has the potential to play a major role in our future energy mix. Research is focused on developing new and more efficient ways to produce, store, and use hydrogen, as well as developing new applications including fuel cells and hydrogen-powered vehicles. This includes research on:
- Materials development: Improving the performance, durability, and cost-effectiveness of fuel cell materials is essential for their widespread commercialization. Researchers are developing new materials for electrodes, electrolytes, and other components, as well as new methods for manufacturing and assembling fuel cells.
- System design and integration: Fuel cells need to be integrated with other components, such as hydrogen storage systems and power converters, to create complete and efficient systems. Researchers are developing new system designs and control strategies to optimize the performance of fuel cell systems for a variety of applications.
- Fuel cell applications: Fuel cells can be used in a wide range of applications, including transportation, power generation, and energy storage. Researchers are developing new fuel cell systems for specific applications, such as electric vehicles, buses, trucks, ships, and stationary power plants.
Hydrogen technology research is a complex and challenging field but, driven by the need to decarbonise the energy sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it has the potential to revolutionise the way we produce and consume energy. By developing new and more efficient ways to produce, store, and use hydrogen, researchers are paving the way for a more sustainable future.
PI-KEM is playing an important role in the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology by providing researchers and developers with the materials and equipment they need to create new and innovative fuel cells. Our cross-discipline Business Development Team are well placed to provide advice and guidance whether customers are looking to synthesise their own electrode materials, print electrodes or construct novel fuel cell designs.