The Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC) is a consortium of five national laboratories: Sandia National Laboratories, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. HyMARC assembles deep national laboratory expertise in hydrogen science, large-scale computational modeling, and state-of-the-art characterization tools to accelerate discovery of solid-state materials for on-board vehicular hydrogen storage.
Established as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Materials Network (EMN), HyMARC provides an enduring national laboratory-based network, enabling industry to utilize the national labs unique capabilities related to solid-state hydrogen storage and carriers.
The mission of HyMARC is to provide foundational understanding, synthetic protocols, new characterization tools, and validated computational models to accelerate discovery of solid-phase and liquid materials that meet industry requirements for on-board vehicular hydrogen storage or that can be used as carriers to transport hydrogen from production to city-gate or industrial sites. HyMARC makes these capabilities available to the hydrogen storage research community via projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technologies Office and by direct collaborations with HyMARC staff.
The overarching objective of the HyMARC EMN is to discover—and/or facilitate discovery of—new storage materials, hybrid material systems, and carriers that:
- At minimum, exceed the capabilities of current high-pressure on-board storage or tanks or transport tanks
- Optimally, meet all of the DOE technical targets, including gravimetric and volumetric capacities and the ability to deliver gases on demand at an appropriate rate and pressure.
HyMARC addresses gaps in foundational knowledge needed to accelerate materials discovery and performs synthesis and characterization of advanced storage material concepts. To accomplish this, discoveries, models, characterization tools, and data generated are leveraged, as are the most recent advances from other laboratories, to develop predictive multiscale modeling, high-resolution in situ characterization, and advanced material synthesis. Combined with materials informatics, this strategy embodies the approach highlighted within the recent Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) Strategic Plan for accelerated materials development.
By combining the resulting improved understanding of the underlying thermodynamic and kinetic limitations of storage materials with development of new storage concepts, we accelerate development of all types of advanced storage materials, including sorbents, metal hydrides, and hydrogen carriers.