Hydrogen tank

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A hydrogen tank on a Honda FCX platform

A hydrogen tank (other names- cartridge or canister) is used for hydrogen storage.[1][2][3] The first type IV hydrogen tanks for compressed hydrogen at 700 bars (70 MPa; 10,000 psi) were demonstrated in 2001, the first fuel cell vehicles on the road with type IV tanks are the Toyota FCHV, Mercedes-Benz F-Cell and the GM HydroGen4.

Low-pressure tanks[edit]

Various applications have allowed the development of different H2 storage scenarios. Recently, the Hy-Can[4] consortium has introduced a small one liter, 10 bars (1.0 MPa; 150 psi) format. Horizon Fuel Cells is now selling a refillable 3 megapascals (30 bar; 440 psi) metal hydride form factor for consumer use called HydroStik.[5]

Type I[edit]

  • Metal tank (steel/aluminum)
  • Estimated maximum pressure, aluminum 175 bar, steel 200 bar.

Type II[edit]

Type III[edit]

  • Tanks made from composite material, fiberglass/aramid or carbon fiber with a metal liner (aluminum or steel). See metal matrix composite.
  • Approximate maximum pressure, aluminum/glass 305 bars (30.5 MPa; 4,420 psi), aluminum/aramide 438 bars (43.8 MPa; 6,350 psi), aluminium/carbon 700 bars (70 MPa; 10,000 psi).

Type IV[edit]

Hydrogen tanks for the Toyota Mirai.

Type V[edit]

  • All-composite, linerless Type V tank. CTD has built the first prototype tank for testing January 1, 2014.[8] 1,000 bars (100 MPa; 15,000 psi).

Tank testing and safety considerations[edit]

In accordance with ISO/TS 15869 (revised):

  • Burst test: the pressure at which the tank bursts, typically more than 2× the working pressure.
  • Proof pressure: the pressure at which the test will be executed, typically above the working pressure.
  • Leak test or permeation test,[9] in NmL/hr/L (Normal liter of H2/time in hr/volume of the tank.)
  • Fatigue test, typically several thousand cycles of charging/emptying.
  • Bonfire test where the tank is exposed to an open fire.
  • Bullet test where live ammunition is fired at the tank.

This specification was replaced by ISO 13985:2006 and only applies to liquid hydrogen tanks.

Actual Standard EC 79/2009

  • U.S Department of Energy maintains a hydrogen safety best practices site with a lot of information about tanks and piping.[10] They dryly observe "Hydrogen is a very small molecule with low viscosity, and therefore prone to leakage.".[11]

Metal hydride storage tank[edit]

Magnesium hydride[edit]

Using magnesium[12] for hydrogen storage, a safe but weighty reversible storage technology. Typically the pressure requirement are limited to 10 bars (1.0 MPa; 150 psi). The charging process generates heat whereas the discharge process will require some heat to release the H2 contained in the storage material. To activate these types of hydrides, at the current state of development you need to reach approximately 300 °C (572 °F). [13] [14] [15]

Other hydrides[edit]

See also sodium aluminium hydride


  • 2008 - Japan, a clay-based film sandwiched between prepregs of CFRP.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ International hydrogen fuel and pressure vessel forum 2010 Archived 2012-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ R&D of large stationary hydrogen/CNG/HCNG storage vessels
  3. ^ CNG & Hydrogen tank safety, R&D, and testing
  4. ^ Hycan Archived 2011-12-06 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Horizon HydroStik
  6. ^ Onboard storage of hydrogen-Page 2 Archived 2006-11-27 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Onboard type IV vessels" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-11-10. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  8. ^ "The first commercial Type V composite pressure vessel".
  9. ^ Modeling of dispersion following hydrogen permeation for safety engineering and risk assessment Archived 2011-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ U.S. DOE storage safety
  11. ^ U.S. DOE best safety practices hydrogen properties
  12. ^ CNRS Institut Neel H2 Storage
  13. ^ Dornheim, M.; Doppiu, S.; Barkhordarian, G.; Boesenberg, U.; Klassen, T.; Gutfleisch, O.; Bormann, R. (2007). "Hydrogen storage in magnesium-based hydrides and hydride composites". Scripta Materialia. Viewpoint set no. 42 “Nanoscale materials for hydrogen storage”. 56 (10): 841–846. doi:10.1016/j.scriptamat.2007.01.003. ISSN 1359-6462.
  14. ^ Schlapbach, Louis; Züttel, Andreas (2001-11-15). "Hydrogen-storage materials for mobile applications" (PDF). Nature. 414 (6861): 353–358. Bibcode:2001Natur.414..353S. doi:10.1038/35104634. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 11713542. S2CID 3025203.
  15. ^ "Storage by Mc-Phy". Archived from the original on 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
  16. ^ Development of a Clay-Plastic Composite Material with Good Hydrogen Gas Barrier Property Archived 2008-08-21 at the Wayback Machine

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