CRC-P Round 12: Production of affordable sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as a hydrogen carrier

Boron Molecular and our project partners, GrapheneX and University of Technology Sydney, have successfully secured over $1.5 million for a hydrogen carrier project via Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) grants. The CRC-P grants are designed to support short term, industry-led collaborative research. 
We will drive production of affordable sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as a hydrogen carrier. Safe and cost-effective hydrogen storage is needed to expand the use of hydrogen and we believe this project will establish industry-research sector collaboration as well as develop an industry scale and a cost-effective process.

Safe and cost-effective hydrogen storage is needed to expand the use of hydrogen. This Project will develop a blueprint for an industry-scale, cost-effective process to produce sodium borohydride (NaBH4), a safe and efficient hydrogen carrier. It will overcome the key problem in adopting NaBH4 for hydrogen storage: the high cost due to a 70-year-old manufacturing process, which is capital- and energy-intensive. The Project will develop a pilot plant demonstrating the feasibility of upscaling the production of NaBH4 using a recent innovation. Success in commercialisation by two Australian SMEs will improve local advanced manufacturing capability, and establish Australia’s leadership in hydrogen storage in the global hydrogen economy.

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