Carbon Fiber Composites and the Hydrogen Economy with Mike Favaloro and Ginger Gardiner
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As changes in climate have become scientifically linked to fossil-based fuels, alternate fuel sources are being developed for the power -hungry global economy. Hydrogen as a fuel has been identified as a sustainable, realistic option for powering cars, heavy-duty trucks, forklifts/logistic equipment, rail, marine and aircraft, as well as stationary power plants. Efforts are underway globally to accelerate the hydrogen economy. Many of these systems require use of composite-based storage systems for the hydrogen fuel in pressurized gaseous and liquid states. Some projections indicate the hydrogen economy will become a major user of carbon fiber. This paper describes the use of carbon fiber-based composite materials as an enabling technology to spur the growth and utilization of the hydrogen economy. Rationale for composites applications in the hydrogen economy and growth projections are provided.