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Energies 2011, 4(1), 185-214;

Recent Progress in Metal Borohydrides for Hydrogen Storage

Institute for Materials Research (IMR), Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577, Japan
Department of the Environment, Energy and Mobility (EMPA), Abt. 138 “Hydrogen & Energy”, Überlandstrasse 129, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland
Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Received: 23 November 2010 / Revised: 22 December 2010 / Accepted: 17 January 2011 / Published: 24 January 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydrogen Storage)
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The prerequisite for widespread use of hydrogen as an energy carrier is the development of new materials that can safely store it at high gravimetric and volumetric densities. Metal borohydrides M(BH4)n (n is the valence of metal M), in particular, have high hydrogen density, and are therefore regarded as one such potential hydrogen storage material. For fuel cell vehicles, the goal for on-board storage systems is to achieve reversible store at high density but moderate temperature and hydrogen pressure. To this end, a large amount of effort has been devoted to improvements in their thermodynamic and kinetic aspects. This review provides an overview of recent research activity on various M(BH4)n, with a focus on the fundamental dehydrogenation and rehydrogenation properties and on providing guidance for material design in terms of tailoring thermodynamics and promoting kinetics for hydrogen storage. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydrogen; hydride; borohydride; hydrogen storage hydrogen; hydride; borohydride; hydrogen storage

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Li, H.-W.; Yan, Y.; Orimo, S.-I.; Züttel, A.; Jensen, C.M. Recent Progress in Metal Borohydrides for Hydrogen Storage. Energies 2011, 4, 185-214.

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