Colorado, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Hythane Company, LLC announced it has received a U.S. patent for its cryogenic storage vessels for liquid hydrogen. According to the company, the new technology will advance the practicality of hydrogen cars by optimizing energy storage and reducing or eliminating the need for bulky lithium ion batteries.
The main use for this technology, called Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES), will be in the automotive industry. SMES, which could be used in all types of vehicles, captures and uses energy from a vehicle’s braking system to reduce or eliminate the use of batteries. By combining fuel storage and the battery into a single unit the range and efficiency of alternative fuel vehicles could be increased and fuel stored in a much smaller space.
“This technology addresses many of the barriers to popular use of alternative fuels, such as hydrogen,” said Greg Egan, CTO of the Hythane Company and inventor of the SMES system. “By increasing the range and efficiency of hybrid, electric, and hydrogen powered vehicles, SMES has immediate uses today. It also brings us a big step closer to the practical use of pure hydrogen.”