Low-cost sodium borohydride production for the hydrogen economy
Funding or Partner Organisation: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Cooperative Research Centre - Projects CRC-P)
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Cooperative Research Centre - Projects CRC-P)
Boron Molecular Pty Ltd
GrapheneX Pty Ltd
Start year: 2022
Summary: Safe and cost-effective hydrogen storage is needed to expand the use of hydrogen. This Project will develop a blueprint for an industry-scale, cost-effective process to produce sodium borohydride (NaBH4), a safe and efficient hydrogen carrier. It will overcome the key problem in adopting NaBH4 for hydrogen storage: the high cost due to a 70-year-old manufacturing process, which is capital- and energy-intensive. The Project will develop a pilot plant demonstrating the feasibility of upscaling the production of NaBH4 using a recent innovation. Success in commercialisation by two Australian SMEs will improve local advanced manufacturing capability, and establish Australia’s leadership in hydrogen storage in the global hydrogen economy.
FOR Codes: Hydrogen storage, Electrical energy generation (incl. renewables, excl. photovoltaics)