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Cryogenic Capable High Pressure Containers for Compact Storage of Hydrogen Onboard Vehicles

United States Patent Application

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Hydrogen Storage and Supply for Vehicular Fuel Systems
A cryogenic-capable high pressure container which combines the use of cryogenic-capable high pressure vessels and ultra-thin thermal barrier(s) having a thickness less than about 5 mm because of the reduced thermal requirements of the container from flexible usage, for maximizing storage space. Additional increase in storage capacity may be obtained by using conformable pressure vessels having box-shaped configurations for further maximizing storage space and capacity. Further efficiencies may be achieved by nesting high pressure vessels inside box-shaped lower pressure vessels to utilize for storage the interstitial spaces form between them.
Berry, Gene D. (Sunnyvale, CA), Aceves, Salvador M. (Livermore, CA), Weisberg, Andrew H. (San Francisco, CA), Espinosa-Loza, Francisco J. (Livermore, CA), Ross, Timothy O. (Patterson, CA)
12/ 467,930
May 18, 2009
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-07NA27344 between the United States Department of Energy and Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the operation of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.