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More Efficient Gas Storage

by Jeff Hopkins, on 8/2/18 8:30 AM

Confined gas research could expand natural gas market

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have been working with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to come up with new ways to store, separate, and sense gases. The researchers discovered that combined MOFs cool gases more effectively than single MOFs. 

Dr. Chris Wilmer, lead researcher, notes that the applications range from “medical oxygen tanks, storing hazardous gases from semiconductor manufacturing, [to] technologies that aim to capture, separate, and store carbon from the air.” For example, an MOF tank that adsorbs natural gas would store the same amount of fuel as traditional tanks for compressed natural gas, but would be lighter, cheaper, and require only a quarter of the pressure.

See the University of Pittsburgh news release in Science Daily for more detail→

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