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1. (WO2001039289) HYDROGEN-BASED ECOSYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/039289    International Application No.:    PCT/US2000/031271
Publication Date: Fri Jun 01 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Wed Nov 15 00:59:59 CET 2000
IPC: C01B 3/00
C01B 3/02
C01B 3/38
F17C 11/00
F25B 17/12
H01M 8/06
Applicants: ENERGY CONVERSION DEVICES, INC.
Inventors: OVSHINSKY, Stanford, R.
YOUNG, Rosa, T.
Title: HYDROGEN-BASED ECOSYSTEM
Abstract:
A complete infrastructure system for the generation (32), storage (34) transportation (35), and delivery (36) of hydrogen which makes a hydrogen ecosystem possible. The infrastructure system utilizes high capacity, low cost, light weight thermal hydrogen storage alloy materials (42) having fast kinetics. Also, a novel hydrogen storage bed design which includes a support/heat-transfer component (41) which is made from a highly porous, high thermal conductivity, solid material such as a high thermal conductivity graphitic foam. Finally a material including at least one particle having atomically engineered local chemical and electronic environments, characterized in that the local environments providing bulk nucleation.