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Steps Towards Hydrogen Vehicles


Synchrotron research has shown that carbon nanotubes, 50,000 times more narrow than a human hair, are a promising material for storing hydrogen safely, efficiently and compactly.

The DOE Freedom CAR program has set the goal of a material that can hold 6% of the total weight in hydrogen by the year 2010. Theoretical calculations indicate they may exceed these goals substantially.

In addition, scientists at the NSLS are studying nanoparticles made of the compound ceria that could improve the ability of catalytic converters and lead to more efficient ways to generate hydrogen fuel.




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