Generating Hydrogen from Ammonia Borane

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Major challenges exist to the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cells for widespread commercial use. Current methods of generation and onboard storage are not safe or efficient, and when combined with the fact that hydrogen technology is still too costly to be widely implemented, it is obvious that there are many roadblocks in the path of hydrogen fuel cell development.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed an innovative, new process for releasing hydrogen from ammonia borane. Ammonia borane has a high percentage of hydrogen and is a promising hydrogen storage material for fuel cells. This technology does not require the use of a catalyst and enables an increase in the amount of hydrogen released at specific temperatures than with pure thermolysis. This technology has the promise of being a major breakthrough in the area of fuel cell storage and efficiency.

Advantages:
-Releases more hydrogen than current methods
-Required pressure can be easily created
-Cost effective

Potential Applications:
-Green Technology
-Clean Energy
Aug 20, 2009
Utility Patent
United States
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