Forming a Chemical Composition for Electric and Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles
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Alternative 'green' technologies like electric and hydrogen powered vehicles are currently hot topics for research. The single biggest problem with both hydrogen and electric vehicles has been energy storage in the vehicle and refueling. Hydrogen has proven difficult to store and dispense. Current experimental vehicles as a result are rather heavy and have much lower mileage ranges than standard gasoline powered vehicles on a tank of fuel. A basic proof of concept test has been conducted by INL researchers who have verified that borate can be recycled into borohydride using radiolysis. There will be a considerable amount of testing required to refine the process to cover all of the possible variables that influence the chemistry. Since initial tests have proven the basic concept, work now needs to be conducted to further refine the process and provide a complete hydride process for hydrogen storage. This work will open the door to viable hydrogen storage, propelling the United States towards a true hydrogen energy economy.