Hydrogen Storage

“Hydrogen storage is a key enabling technology for the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell power technologies in transportation, portable and stationary applications”
-U.S. Department of Energy, 2010

What if we were to tell you that glass is stronger than steel? When it comes to storing Hydrogen, that is precisely the case, and we will prove it to you. Hydrogen storage is a key enabling technology for the advancement of hydrogen and fuel cell power technologies in transportation, battery power, stationary, and portable applications. Fuel cells convert hydrogen to electricity, giving off only heat and water as byproducts. Fuel cells have the potential to provide power in multiple applications because they are energy-efficient, clean and fuel-flexible. Emissions-free hydrogen is the ideal fuel for the 21st century. Hydrogen can replace batteries in electronic applications. Our technology demonstrates the feasibility of using hydrogen for electronic applications.

Incom‘s borosilicate glass capillary storage system acts as a fully functional replacement device for a conventional battery. Incom, in conjunction with C.En (Switzerland) and world renowned BAM, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany, have teamed up to develop a storage system that will revolutionize hydrogen powered batteries.

Incom’s capability to produce glass microstructures has allowed them to produce a glass microcapillary structure with millions of small capillaries that are optimal for high gravimetric storage of hydrogen fuel. Incom‘s glass capillaries have a diameter of only a few microns, are high pressure resistant and three times stronger and four times lighter than steel. The properties of borosilicate glass in such dimensions are extraordinary and are not yet possible with steel or any other synthetic material. Furthermore, glass is a superior hydrogen barrier, and can remain leak-proof for years. This system is also immune to many environmental influences.


Advantages of Glass Microstructure Technology

Incom,C.En, and BAM have developed a unique technology that can meet global energy demands. The main advantages to our technology are the following:

  • Safe: Bundling of small pressure-resistant glass microstructure vessels to one another creates an extraordinarily strong structure. A new method of safe storage of highly pressurized hydrogen using glass capillaries has been developed.
  • Low weight: The highest gravimetric storage capacities available!  Using the Incom glass microstructures, achieving a pressure resistance of a min. 150 MPa for single capillaries as well as for an entire system is possible.
  • Free in shape and volume: There is no limitation to applications! Extraordinary shapes and geometries are possible due to freedom in spatial directions and arrangement. Free space in existent electronics can be used for storage units due to modular assembly of small sized storage units.
  • Refuel: Refilling is realized in seconds by a connection to existing hydrogen infrastructure. Storage units are easily and quickly connected to gas supply or fuel cells for energy generation.
  • Leak-proof: Long term storage is possible; there is no H2 loss if the storage container remains unused for years.
“I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen… will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity of which coal is not capable. … Water will be the coal of the future.” (Jules Verne, The Mysterious Island, 1874)

borosilicate glass capillary storage system
Incom‘s borosilicate glass capillaries are ideal for storing Hydrogen and act as a replacement for a standard battery..