A team of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM) has developed a hydrogen paste that could one day be used to fuel vehicles. In the Germany-based institute’s latest development, the team came up with a product it calls POWERPASTE, which could be revolutionary in the transport sector.

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The product is created from a magnesium base and would be stored in vehicles in the form of a cartridge. Those who wish to use this form of fuel for vehicles would be required to purchase hydrogen paste cartridges. To refuel, a driver would swap a used hydrogen cartridge with a new one and then fill the tank with water.

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Marcus Vogt, research associate at IFAM, explained how the paste works. “POWERPASTE stores hydrogen in a chemical form at room temperature and atmospheric pressure to be then released on-demand,” Vogt said.

The researchers say that the paste offers a safe, convenient and affordable hydrogen fuel option for small vehicles. The paste begins to decompose at 480°F, meaning it can be used in cars even in the hottest regions of the world.

The POWERPASTE has been praised by the developers for its capacity. “POWERPASTE … has a huge energy storage density,” Vogt said. “It is substantially higher than that of a 700 bar high-pressure tank. And compared to batteries, it has 10 times the energy storage density.”

Given that the paste is similar to gasoline in terms of range, it could be a viable alternative. As a result, researchers are proposing the use of the paste in smaller vehicles. They also say that its use could be extended to drones.

In recent years, many companies and countries have been shifting attention to hydrogen-based energy solutions. In a bid to avoid the problems caused by fossil fuels, hydrogen technologies such as POWERPASTE are being developed.


Via Business Insider

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