Cool it down: university researchers advance hydrogen car technology

by Antonio Pasolini on April 28, 2009

Hydrogen is considered by many to be one of the cleanest types of fuels. Researchers pin their hopes on it as a replacement for dirty fossil fuels. The problem with this type of fuel as the technology currently stands is the heat generated by metal hydride storage, says Hydrogen Cars Now. “There is an excess of heat that needs to be addressed”.

The website says that researchers at Purdue University have come up with a solution to then problem: a heat exchanger for hydrogen storage. The website says the device “will help manufacturers take one step closer towards commercialization of hydrogen cars” since “Filling up a hydrogen car in 5 minutes while giving it a range of 300 miles are the goals of many manufacturers”.

The heat exchanger is made mostly of aluminum with thin fins to disperse the heat. This kind of cooling system was developed over the past 2 years and will provide other researchers worldwide a leg up on continuing research and development of metal hydride storage solutions.

It’s still early days, but Purdue University’s cooling system sounds promising. And quite cool, of course.

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