From the production of agricultural fertilizers to the refinement of petroleum and food products-
From cryogenic liquid, gel, slush, and high pressure fueling of automotive vehicles to drones and deep space rockets-
From fusion energy machines to antimatter-
-the number of potential uses for hydrogen is perhaps only matched by the number of ways it can be stored and produced. Suffice it to say, hydrogen’s utility as an energy carrier places broad demands on thermophysical property research. The mission of the HYdrogen Properties for Energy Research (HYPER) laboratory at Washington State University (WSU) is to efficiently advance the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of cryogenic hydrogen systems for the betterment of humanity. This mission directly addresses WSU’s Grand Challenge Themes of Sustainable Resources and National Security.
Despite being the most abundant element in the universe, a zero-emissions clean energy fuel, and essential to all biological processes, hydrogen has a dubious reputation with the public. Often this association, when unchallenged, leads to impractical design and safety decisions. If you’d like to learn more about hydrogen safety, read our most popular post “So just how dangerous is hydrogen fuel?”
Cryogenics is the study of matter at temperatures below 130 Kelvin (-225°F). It’s literally the coolest. People often want to work on space, defense, clean energy, fusion energy, and quantum computing but never realize that each of these fields rely on cryogenic engineering.
Cryogenics + Hydrogen? Now that’s hard. We need your help. Pledge a donation on the “How you can help” tab or apply to be the newest member of the lab through WSU admissions. You’ll be amazed at what we’re working to achieve.