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Metal hydride fuel storage and method thereof

United States Patent

August 10, 2010
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An apparatus having a first substrate having (1) a cavity, (2) one or more resistive heaters, and (3) one or more coatings forming a diffusion barrier to hydrogen; a second substrate having (1) an outlet valve comprising a pressure relief structure and (2) one or more coatings forming a diffusion barrier to hydrogen, wherein said second substrate is coupled to said first substrate forming a sealed volume in said cavity; a metal hydride material contained within said cavity; and a gas distribution system formed by coupling a microfluidic interconnect to said pressure relief structure. Additional apparatuses and methods are also disclosed.
Morse; Jeffrey D. (Martinez, CA), Jankowski; Alan F. (Livermore, CA), Yu; Conrad (Antioch, CA)
Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
12/ 409,392
March 23, 2009
The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.