Bulk storage of hydrogen is a key research topic for the Department of Energy’s H2@Scale program. Hydrogen and fuel cells are critical components for the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) that plays an important role in energy research. Reducing emissions through early-stage R&D as well as providing better energy security are areas of interest for FCTO and CAES. This research, in collaboration with INL, is focused on developing concepts for bulk storage of hydrogen under high pressure. We will utilize state-of-the-art additive manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, production of precast concrete, novel construction materials, and 3D printing of metals for this project.
Student Research Experience: Working in collaboration with materials scientists from INL, students will conduct literature reviews, produce components, and evaluate material properties and component performance. They will learn the state-of-the-art technologies for 3D printing of metals and additive manufacturing. In addition, Idaho State University has an array of labs for large-scale testing where the students will be involved to enhance their lab experience and expertise.