Hydrogen Storage Container Technology

UT-Battelle, LLC, acting under its Prime Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the management and operation of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is seeking a commercialization partner for a hydrogen storage container technology.  The ORNL Technology Transfer Office will accept licensing applications through June 8, 2017.

Low-cost off-board bulk stationary storage of hydrogen is a critical part in the hydrogen infrastructure, which is well recognized in the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Program Multi-Year Research Development and Demonstration Plan. Research towards low cost and reliable bulk stationary storage for high-pressure hydrogen is still evolving. This invention presents a design for stationary storage of high-pressure hydrogen. The safety and economic concerns are the main drivers for the proposed design. The key technical features of the conceptual design include: use of cost-effective commodity materials; novel vessel design to mitigate hydrogen embrittlement of materials; high-productivity and low-cost fabrication technologies; and embedded sensors to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the storage system.

This technology was originally developed using Department of Energy federal funds.

Please contact Nestor Franco, Commercialization Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 865-574-0534, francone@ornl.gov, with any questions and to obtain a license application for this opportunity.

Intellectual Property

Technology Summaries