Companies link on lithium beryllium hydrides technologies

August 9, 2010

VANCOUVER: IBC Adv anced Alloys Corp. has signed a binding letter agreement to advance proprietary lithium beryllium hydrides technologies for hydrogen storage and fuel cell applications.

IBC, a Vancouver-based integrated manufacturer and distributor of beryllium-based alloys and related products, is hooking up with Hydrogen Link Inc., a Montreal materials research company focused on hydrogen storage, fuel cell and complementary technologies.

They’ll work together to identify potential industry partners, with a view to forming a joint venture, to improve and expand on lithium beryllium metal hydride technologies and to establish a market for energy-efficient hydrogen storage and fuel cell infrastructure.

Central to the project will be Hydrogen Link’s patented technology. Its primary research is the development of new light-weight materials and catalysts for solid-state hydrogen storage based on the use of metal hydrides, which reversibly absorb hydrogen and thus allow the storage of hydrogen at lower pressures.

The company, which has worked closely with McGill University to develop its technologies, says lithium and beryllium (the lightest metals in the Periodic Table) combined with hydrogen show the highest viable and reversible hydrogen capacity at practical temperatures of all known metal hydrides. Measurements of equilibrium pressures of the Li–Be hydrides indicate that these materials can be used at temperatures as low as 150 degrees C.

IBC says these materials are fully reversible and safe and offer a new prospect for hydrogen storage, especially for small-scale applications, such as laptops and other portable devices, where capacity is critical.