Novel Magnesium Boride Materials for Hydrogen Storage

Case ID: 18/0003


Hydrogen storage is one of the great challenges limiting the commercialization of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology for automobile and unmanned vehicles. Full commercialization is dependent upon the development of compact and cost competitive hydrogen storage technologies with longer drive range and capability of meeting practical performance targets. Researchers at the University of Hawaii have developed novel magnesium boride based materials that undergo rapid, reversible hydrogenation at significantly lower temperatures and pressures than current state-of-the-art pure MgB2 material.


This invention provides a potential pathway for a solid-state hydrogen storage system suitable for onboard PEM fuel cell powered vehicles that is safer and cheaper than the high pressure or liquid hydrogen alternatives currently available on the market.


Potential Application


Hydrogen storage systems for PEM fuel cell powered vehicles.





  • Hydrogenation occurs at lower temperature and pressure than what is required by state-of-the-art pure MgB2


  • Safer than high pressure compressed hydrogen or liquid hydrogen storage systems 


Patent Information:
Godwin Severa
Craig Jensen

For information, contact:
Ken Takeuchi
Technology Licensing Associate
University of Hawaii
(808) 956-9749

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