December 8, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Japan Steel Works (JSW), one of the world’s largest metal hydride manufacturers, has awarded a contract to the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) to conduct performance testing of several types of metal hydride alloys and to provide guidance in hydrogen storage product design. These proprietary hydrides represent a promising means to store hydrogen for energy systems of the future, including vehicles. Storage has been a key issue in designing technologies for a hydrogen energy economy. The first phase of the contract provides for performance testing of several hydrides, as well as evaluating the conformity of JSW’s current storage prototype for use in the United States. Ultimately, JSW intends to develop a family of hydrogen storage solutions for all fuel cell systems: stationary, portable and vehicular applications.