Liten is a major European research institute and a driving force behind the development of the sustainable energy technologies of the future. The institute is spearheading the EU’s efforts to limit dependency on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in three key areas: renewable energy, energy efficiency/storage and development of materials.
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Liten's research teams work across a vast portfolio of renewable energy technologies. Cutting-edge photovoltaic technologies are developed at INES, the French National centre for solar research and R&D with Hydrogen and Biomass activities being managed from the LITEN's main site in Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes.
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Hydride hydrogen storage: a safer, more efficient alternative for the hydrogen energy chain
Hydrogen storage is a crucial link in developing a hydrogen energy chain that functions efficiently from production to conversion to other types of energy, and whether it is for mobile or stationary applications. Since 2008 Liten researchers have been working to develop hydride-based storage tank systems and to integrate these systems into the hydrogen energy chain. Our research aims to develop high-yield storage technologies that use less energy and ensure better safety than high-pressure storage systems and that are suitable for all industrial, stationary, and mobile applications.
Our researchers have built up world-renowned know-how in hydride hydrogen storage, with expertise at all steps of the process, including researching, developing, and making hydride materials; designing and building tank prototypes; and testing the tanks for integration into fuel-cell and electrolyzer systems.
One of our goals is to develop large-capacity hydride tanks capable of competing with high-pressure (700 bar) storage while providing equal or better energy densities at much lower levels of pressure. Our innovative approach leverages hydrides’ capacity to absorb and desorb hydrogen reversibly. We are also conducting research on high-performance materials that operate at close-to-ambient temperature (–20 °C to 80 °C) and at pressure under 30 bar. Our researchers are developing hydride-based tanks (the hydrogen confinement tank and heat exchanger) that limit the negative impacts on specific heat capacity and volumetric heat capacity in order to maintain the materials’ intrinsic performance levels. This work draws on our knowledge of thermoelectricity and mechanical modeling of granular materials.
We are focusing on three main alternatives for transferring this technology to industry: integrating hydrides; researching and developing new hydride materials to obtain end systems that are lighter in weight and thus suitable for a broad range of applications; and we are diversifying into other applications, such as heat management.
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