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Advanced Manufacturing of MOF-based Hydrogen Storage Tanks, Topic 26c

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0023819
Agency Tracking Number: 0000272800
Amount: $256,500.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C56-26c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002903
Solicitation Year: 2023
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-07-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2024-04-09
Small Business Information
158 Wheatland Drive
Pembroke, VA 24136-3645
United States
DUNS: 008963758
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Bradley Gibbons
 (540) 626-6266
Business Contact
 Amanda Moye
Phone: (540) 626-6266
Research Institution

There is a need to utilize advanced manufacturing concepts to improve hydrogen storage tank materials through the introduction of porous materials. Here, metal organic framework-based composites will be produced through high yield, low-cost approaches for testing as material for hydrogen storage tanks. The goals for this program are to demonstrate improvements in metal organic framework-based materials towards meeting hydrogen storage targets, and producing a material that resists hydrogen embrittlement. This program will entail engineering metal organic framework composites to deliver a densely packed, hierarchically porous composite with enhanced hydrogen binding sites to improve workable hydrogen storage capacity. These metal organic framework composites will be processable through advanced manufacturing techniques for prototype development. Using our partners, the hydrogen storage capacity and embrittlement resistance will be tested and used to down select promising material. By engineering the metal organic framework material, hydrogen storage capacity approaching 1.7 kg/L will be maintained through 5000 system cycles. In this program, a metal organic framework composite material will be developed for the purpose of advanced manufacturing hydrogen storage tanks. The compounded material will be tested by hydrogen adsorption isotherms, hydrogen swing cycle tests, and scanning electron microscope imaging to determine binding enthalpy, storage capacity, and material stability. Pricing shall be estimated during Phase I and included in the commercialization plan with a goal to reduce the overall capital cost. The proposed hydrogen storage materials differ from the current technology by the inclusion of metal organic frameworks, which offer specific binding sites for hydrogen and allow for storage at higher temperatures and pressures. Porous, printable hydrogen storage material shall be beneficial as high-capacity storage material with less energy requirements than liquid or compressed storage. These experiments shall benefit the nation by reducing the energy requirements of hydrogen storage to encourage the transition away from carbon-based fuels.

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