Hydrogen storage research group

The Hydrogen Storage Research Group (HSRG) undertakes experimental research into a vast array of energy storage systems including:

  • Hydrogen storage materials for export, transport, or stationary energy storage
  • Thermal batteries using thermochemical energy storage
  • Solid-state electrochemical batteries

Renewable energy generation varies over time and requires storage to provide a consistent demand for end-users. This becomes ever more apparent as we transition towards a more renewable future in our energy sector. The HSRG is well equipped to measure material properties and has the following facilities/equipment:

  • A suite of manometric instruments for gas sorption (typically H2 or CO2) in materials from -196 °C to 1000 °C, up to pressures of 200 bar
  • Temperature programmed desorption analyser equipped with a mass spectrometer for gas analysis
  • Prototype thermal battery (thermochemical energy storage) systems operating from 400 – 900 °C
  • Electrochemical analysis equipment for battery testing, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Chemical synthesis facilities operating under inert gas, for the synthesis of air-sensitive materials
  • A range of furnaces, argon gloveboxes, mechanical mills and cryomills
  • Direct access to X-ray, spectroscopy, microscopy equipment (SAXS, XPS, XRD, TEM, SEM) and other characterisation facilities on site
  • Regular users of inter/national large facilities for X-ray or neutron science, i.e. Australian Synchrotron or OPAL, ANSTO

The HSRG recently was awarded the 2019 Curtinnovation award for Science and Engineering for developing their thermal battery technology.

This research is now funded through a Global Innovation Linkage grant provided by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (Australian Government). The research within the HSRG is demand driven and focussed on real industry requirements. This technical and experimental expertise has been incorporated into solving industry problems for over a decade.

Prof. Craig Buckley, leads the HSRG and has over 30 years experience in hydrogen storage research. Craig is the Australian executive committee member for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Technology Collaboration Program (TCP), and an Australian expert on the IEA Hydrogen TCP Task 40: Energy storage and conversion based on hydrogen. Craig is also a Director of the Australian Association of Hydrogen Energy (AAHE) and a Board member of the Hydrogen Society of Australia.