TSU nanomaterials will help to create hydrogen for batteries
09.09.2016

TSU plans to create technology for producing hydrogen for renewable batteries (fuel cells), on the basis of new materials, which will be more environmentally friendly than analogs and can be used in any hard to reach places where energy is needed, such as Africa or the Arctic.

- For such batteries there is a need for pure hydrogen and oxygen, which can be obtained from the air. They are already used, but there is a problem: where to get the hydrogen? It is difficult and expensive to transport it. And if you use nanomaterials that are produced at the LLC Advanced Powder Technology and TSU, which react with water, it is possible to produce hydrogen directly in place - said Edward Dreizin, Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, a visiting professor at TSU.

He explained about nanodispersed powders, which researchers of the TSU High-Energy and Special Materials Research Laboratory have learned to make, using the technology of electric explosion. The nanoparticles developed at TSU allow specifying the required properties, and the scope of application of the obtained nanomaterials is very wide, from aerospace to medicine.

According to Professor Dreizin, alternative energy sources can be another application of the new materials. Unlike conventional batteries, hydrogen batteries do not harm the environment.

- These hydrogen batteries can be used in any remote, inaccessible places where energy is needed, but there is no way to have a power transmission line. The water in these areas is much easier to find, and therefore, our technology will be in demand, - said Edward Dreizin.

He clarified that it is about full development of the technology for applications of the  materials  - from optimizing them to preparing for implementation. It is planned that scientists from the USA, Italy, and Jamaica will also join the work. Now the team is looking for funding for the project.