Hydrogen Storage System
hydrogen is going to be the fuel of the future, society
will need an easy and safe way to transport and store
it. Stan thinks he's hit on the solution with his solid
hydrogen storage system. It's a metal hydride solid which
can be stored in a granular, inert form in compact tanks.
It's as easy to fuel up a vehicle with this solid hydrogen
as it is to gas up a conventional car. When the car needs
fuel, a little energy from the battery system heats up
the solid and releases hydrogen gas. Solid hydrogen is
currently powering some internal combustion engines on
modified Toyota Priuses, and Ovshinsky hopes it will spur
fuel cell implementation.
still in the R&D phase
couple decades past when most people start thinking retirement,
Stan shows no sign of slowing
down. His company is working on what they're calling a
regenerative fuel cell. They say it will be more affordable
than current fuel cells because of the materials it's
made of, and that it will be able to operate in a much
wider temperature range - but they're keeping quiet about
the details until all the patents are in. Stan also spends
plenty of time on his pet project, a cognitive computer
which he says is the next generation of smart computer.
Stan's original insight into amorphous and disordered
materials came from modeling neurons and how brains work,
so it's a natural progression to tackle a cognitive computer.
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