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More solid than solid: A potential hydrogen-storage compound
Date:4/2/2008

e at which hydrogen can be stored, but it also increases the density above that in solid hydrogen, Brown says. This is absolutely the first time this has been encountered without having to use pressure.

Although the liquid-nitrogen temperature of MOF-74 is not exactly temperate, its easier to reach than the temperature of solid hydrogen (-269 C), and one of the goals of this research is to achieve energy densities great enough to be as economical as gasoline at ambient, and thus less costly, temperatures. MOF-74 is a step forward in terms of understanding energy density, but there are other factors left to be dealt with that, once addressed, could further increase the temperature at which the fuel can be stored. Fully understanding the physics of the interaction might allow scientists to develop means for removing refrigeration or insulation, both of which are costly in terms of fuel economy, fuel production, or both.


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