The gist is that the tube like structure of feathers is a much cheaper alternative to carbon nano-tube storage techniques. Estimates are still that it would require a 75 gallon tank to go 300 miles, but that might improve.
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Hmmm I don't quite believe cheap.... after all, the raw materials for carbon fiber are pretty cheap... and this will need a similar conditioning process... by the time that happens you get a $2000 item from $2 worth of materials.
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Today it is chicken feathers and tomorrow it will be nano honeycombs that hold the most hydrogen. Every few days it seems like one storage discovery trumps the next in the research field. I'm just wondering when these discoveries will actually come to production.
Metal hydride technology is good but the tanks are too heavy and drag on the vehicle's performance and range. A lighter alternative such as some carbon fiber nano structure would be better in regard to weight.