The National Hydrogen Materials Reference Facility (NHMRF) is a state-of-the-art reference laboratory focusing on hydrogen storage materials and hydrogen embrittlement. The NHMRF is funded by the ARC, Griffith University, Monash University, The University of Queensland, Alstom, Curtin University of Technology and Queensland University of Technology. The principal node is located within the Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre at Griffith University, with a subsidiary node at Monash University.
The aim of the NHMRF is to support excellent research whose goal is the advancement and implementation of hydrogen energy technology, through access to authoritative and scarce instruments and techniques for characterising the performance of new and advanced functional materials.
The Facility and its researchers have contributed to exciting projects such as the new $40 million Sir Samuel Griffith Building on Nathan campus. This off-grid building is powered solar energy that is stored in the form of hydrogen which is used to generate electricity in hydrogen fuel cells when the sun isn't shining. This technology is based on the work of Griffith researcher and NHMRF manager Professor Evan Gray.
During 2012, two significant new facilities will be installed in the Griffith University node:
- a high-energy x-ray diffractometer for in-situ x-ray powder diffraction measurements on samples under hydrogen pressures up to 100 megapascal, funded by the ARC, Griffith University and The University of Melbourne
- a prototype metal-hydrode storage tank holding 1 kg hydrogen, for testing multiphysics models of hydrogen-storage systems, funded by Griffith University
The NHMRF presently supports research collaborations with The University of Queensland, Curtin University of Technology, CSIRO, The Institute for Energy Technology (Norway), Aarhus University and the Technical University of Berlin. Proposals for collaboration are welcome.