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Alternative Energy and Storage: Your Material Matters

By: Joe Porwoll, Material Matters 2008, 3.4, 77.

Material Matters 2008, 3.4, 77.

Joe Porwoll, President
Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc.

Dr. Ragaiy Zidan of Savannah River National Laboratory kindly suggested that we offer a 1M solution of sodium aluminum hydride in tetrahydrofuran (NaAlH4/THF Aldrich Prod. No. 698865) as a material for alternative energy applications.1 The solution of NaAlH4 in THF is a base-material for advanced energy storage systems. Its electrolysis2 creates aluminum hydride (AlH3), with hydrogen content of 10% by weight and a hydrogen release temperature of ~100°C. This enables the development of low-cost hydrogen storage systems with thermodynamics and kinetics meeting transportation requirements.3

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  1. Balema, V.P. Material Matters 2007, vol 2, issue 2, 2.
  2. Zidan, R. Electrochemical Reversible Formation of Alane. (accessed Oct 24, 2008). Patent application filed.
  3. Read, C.; Thomas, G.; Ordaz, G.; Satyapal, S. Material Matters 2007, vol 2, issue 2, 3

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