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Metal Hydride Center of Excellence

Message from the Director, Lennie Klebanoff, Sandia National Laboratories:

Hello! I'd like to welcome you to the Metal Hydride Center of Excellence (MHCoE), one of three Department of Energy (DOE) centers of excellence dedicated to solving the problem of storing hydrogen on automobiles.

The goal of the MHCoE is to find a material that can reversibly absorb and desorb hydrogen so that hydrogen powered cars become practical and affordable. We seek a material that can release hydrogen with very little energy input, and also that can rapidly take on hydrogen during re-fueling at a hydrogen filling station. The material must satisfy the stated DOE goals for hydrogen storage as indicated in the DOE hydrogen storage website. Among these requirements is that the material must support system weight storage of 6 percent hydrogen.

The MHCoE is comprised of eight universities (Stanford, Caltech, U. Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon U., U. of Utah, U. Hawaii, U. Nevada-Reno, and U. of Illinois), six national laboratories (Sandia National Laboratory, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Savannah River National Laboratory, and National Institute of Standards and Technology) and three companies (HRL Laboratories, General Electric, and Intematix).

All of these partners work together to perform state-of-the-art R&D on this important national problem. See the links to Partners for more information about these participants.

Our R&D activity is organized into five project areas:

I hope you enjoy the descriptions of these projects on our web site. Also contained on our web site is a review article about the MHCoE published in the journal Fuel-Cell Review earlier in 2006.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, or requests for information. Thanks for visiting with us!

Director of MHCoE, Lennie Klebenoff

Lennie Klebanoff, Sandia National Laboratories
Telephone: 925-294-3471

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