We are delighted to report that the Durastor project a three-year, multi-partner research program to develop a monolithic, thermoplastic-composite, Type IV pressure vessels for high-pressure (70 MPa) on-board storage of hydrogen gas for fuel-cell powered vehicles has successfully achieved their primary objectives, and been selected to receive further funding to move the project towards commercial realisation.

The study which aimed to develop both vessel and manufacturing process was part funded by the Technology Strategy Board and was headed up by EPL Composite Solutions Ltd, other members of the consortium were Crompton Mouldings Ltd who manufactured the rotationally moulded liner, CTG Ltd, Delta Motorsport Ltd, Celanese Corporation who supplied the thermoplastic raw materials, Element Materials Technology Hitchin who conducted the rigorous testing of the materials and vessels, and Oxford Brookes University who produced the data analysis and end of life recycling analysis.This is a very exciting development towards the production of environmentally friendly and safe storage of hydrogen for vehicle fuel tanks. We look forward to working with our Partners to bring this about.

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