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EPSRC Reference: GR/S72665/01
Title: INTERACT Japan: Establishing Links with Japanese Centres of Excellence in Solid-State Hydrogen Storage Research
Principal Investigator: Harris, Professor IR
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Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor D Book
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Department: Metallurgy and Materials
Organisation: University of Birmingham
Scheme: Overseas Travel Grants Pre-FEC
Starts: 03 June 2004 Ends: 02 January 2005 Value (£): 2,522
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Materials Characterisation Materials Processing
Sustainable Energy Vectors
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Electronics
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Hydrogen is widely regarded as the most promising alternative to carbon-based fuels: it can be produced from a variety of renewable resources, and - when coupled with fuel cells - offers near-zero emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases. However, many technical challenges still remain, of which the most urgent is how to effectively store hydrogen. Therefore, the development of a viable solid-state storage material would lead to a step-change in the transition to aHydrogen Economy.Through Japanese research programmes such as WE-NET and the New Protium Function in Materials, a number of laboratories have emerged as international centres of excellence in this field of research. This research visit to four of these laboratories (one in Hiroshima University, one in AIST-Tsukuba, and two in Tohoku University), would examine a number of new processing and characterization techniques for solid-state storage materials, that are especially relevant to research programmes now commencing in the University of Birmingham, and to other UK universities (in the EPSRC SUPERGEN Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium).
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