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Systems and methods for facilitating hydrogen storage using naturally occurring nanostructure assemblies

United States Patent

8,236,196
August 7, 2012
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Some or all of the needs above can be addressed by embodiments of the invention. According to embodiments of the invention, systems and methods for facilitating hydrogen storage using naturally occurring nanostructure assemblies can be implemented. In one embodiment, a method for storing hydrogen can be provided. The method can include providing diatoms comprising diatomaceous earth or diatoms from a predefined culture. In addition, the method can include heating the diatoms in a sealed environment in the presence of at least one of titanium, a transition metal, or a noble metal to provide a porous hydrogen storage medium. Furthermore, the method can include exposing the porous hydrogen storage medium to hydrogen. In addition, the method can include storing at least a portion of the hydrogen in the porous hydrogen storage medium.
Fliermans; Carl B. (Augusta, GA)
Microbes Unlimited, LLC (Augusta, GA)
12/ 408,400
March 20, 2009
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