Fast, reliable and cost effective boron hydride based high capacity solid state hydrogen storage materials


Project timeline
April 2012
42 months
September 2015
General Information
BOR4STORE proposes an integrated, multidisciplinary approach for the development and testing of novel, optimised and cost-efficient boron hydride based hydrogen storage materials with superior performance for specific fuel cell applications.
Building on the results of past and ongoing EC funded projects on hydrogen storage, BOR4STORE aspires to tackle the S&T challenges that still hinder the practical use of the extremely attractive boron hydrides. The technical objectives of the project reflect an innovative and carefully designed strategy involving
(a) new methods for the synthesis and modification of stable and unstable boron hydrides, as well as their combinations resulting in Reactive Hydride Composites and eutectic mixtures,
(b) systematic and rationalised investigation of the effect of special catalysts and additives, and
(c) adaptation of scaffolding concepts, in an attempt to use all possible ways for understanding and tailoring the key aspects of boron hydrides hydrogen storage performance (storage capacity, reaction pathways and enthalpies, hydrogenation / dehydrogenation kinetics, cycling stability).
The most promising material(s), to be indicated by rigorous downselection processes, will be used for the development of a prototype laboratory hydrogen storage system that will be integrated and tested in connection with a small to medium scale Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC, representative for fuel cell applications e.g. for stationary power supply).
Special attention will be given, practically for the first time, to significant cost reduction by pursuing cost efficient material synthesis and processing methods but also by investigating the level of tolerable impurities of the new materials.
The project is co-funded by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) which is a Public-Private Partnership between the European Commission and industry.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaFCH-JU-2011-1; SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.2.4
Project TypeCollaborative Project
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 303428
Co-ordinatorHelmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, DE
Total Eligible Costs (€) HZG Eligible Costs (€) EC Funding for HZG (€)
Contact Person at HZG Dr. Klaus Taube, Institute of Materials Research, WT Phone: +49 4152 87 2541, Fax : +49 4152 87 2636
E-mail contact
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Abengoa Hidrógeno SA (ES), Empa Materials Sciences and Technology (CH), Institute for Energy Technology (NO), Katchem Spol. Sro (CZ), National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" (GR), Università di Torino NIS (IT), University of Aarhus (DK), ZOZ GmbH (DE)
BOR4STORE website
Last Update: 15. May 2017