International. The project will involve extensive testing of different variants to assess the viability of the new coating in hydrogen applications and produce the data needed for commercialization.
Hardide Coatings and Cranfield University have received a grant of c.£170,000 from the Henry Royce Institute's Industrial Collaboration Programme (ICP) to develop new applications for Hardide tungsten carbide coatings in the emerging hydrogen energy sector.
The project will involve extensive testing of several hardide coating variants, using the analytical and R+D facilities of Cranfield University and the Henry Royce Institute (HRI) to assess the feasibility of the new coating in hydrogen applications and produce the data needed for commercialisation.
Dr. Yuri Zhuk, Technical Director at Hardide Coatings, commented: "Hydrogen is an attractive fuel that, when burned, only produces water and is considered the key to achieving net zero. However, industrial-scale production of hydrogen, storage, transport and utilization impose several technical challenges and are expected to require a new generation of materials and coatings."
"Several variants of Hardide coating have been tested in hydrogen applications at Cranfield University with encouraging results. Henry Royce ICP funding will enable further testing to assess the suitability of coatings to solve several of these challenges," added Dr. Zhuk.
In 2021, HRI prepared an 'End-to-End Hydrogen Materials' report outlining the main challenges in hydrogen production, storage, transport and use. The Hardide coatings project, which will take up to five months to complete, will address some of these challenges.