Hydrogen Storage Carrier Material

Request Number N871407
Author Kevin Andrews
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ICL Innovation, a technology incubator for ICL, seeks an economically viable carrier material for hydrogen storage and release on demand. Primary use is in conjunction with hydrogen-bromine regenerative fuel cells. In addition, alternatives to hydrogen gas compression in general applications will be considered. Materials at ICL's disposal, primarily Mg metal and its derivatives, are preferred.



Fuel cell development & deployment for various stationary and mobile applications is gradually gaining momentum. From powering vehicles to storing and generating energy on the electrical grid level, fuel cells present a valuable opportunity. The fuel powering them is hydrogen, and storing it takes a lot of space or expensive pressurized equipment. A economical technology to store hydrogen in a compact manner, without compromising delivery requirements, is a vital step towards realizing the full potential of fuel cells.


ICL is exploring oxidizers other than oxygen, primarily bromine, to counterpart the hydrogen fuel. Our aim is to provide an energy storage alternative for grid level needs. Solutions based on magnesium hydride are of special interest to us as a manufacturer of magnesium metal, and magnesium derivatives. Other solutions may be considered as well.


ICL is a leader in the production and marketing of bromine and bromine compounds accounting for 40% of the world supply of bromine. With a heritage dating back to the early 20th Century, ICL has maintained an unwavering focus on innovation, striving to achieve the highest standards across all aspects of our business. Energy storage presents yet another area in which ICL could offer its innovative solutions.


Key Success Criteria
  • Ideally, storage medium comprised of Mg alloy, where Mg is the major component
  • Hydrogen desorption temperature as low as possible
  • Hydrogen absorption temperature as close as possible to ambient conditions
  • Gravimetric capacity above 0.055 kg H2/kg system
  • Volumetric capacity above 0.04 kg H2/L system
  • Repeatable cycling--at least 80% of desorption kinetics and storage capacity maintained after 1,500 full absorption-desorption cycles
  • Acceptable cost of synthesis


Possible Approaches

ICL Innovation is open to all approaches capable of achieving the performance characteristics described above.


Preferred Collaboration types
  • To Be Negotiated
Items to be submitted
ICL Innovation welcomes responses from academic, research institutions, or other organizations who are interested in developing innovative technologies and sharing intellectual property in licensing. Approaches with demonstrated feasibility are preferred, but early stage approaches with sound scientific concepts are also welcome. Technologies aligned with business interest will enjoy full funding until implemented on an industrial scale.


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Point of Contact
Kevin Andrews
Area of Interest
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Energy & Power Production
  • Alternative Power Generation
  • Other
  • Materials Processing
  • Polymers
ICL Innovation
Due Date
December 31, 2016
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