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The project

Governments and society have recognized the need to reduce climate change by requiring more energy efficiency and reducing the dependency on non-sustainable energy sources. To fulfil these challenging commitments, hydrogen is expected to play an important role to efficiently store and distribute large amounts of energy in a space-efficient way, especially in the field of mobility.

For transportation applications, the overarching technical challenge relates to the safe storage of the hydrogen amount required for a conventional driving range, while complying with vehicular constraints of weight, volume and cost.

Current high-pressure storage systems are made of a plastic liner, which ensures gas tightness, around which a carbon-epoxy composite is wound. Such tanks, called “type 4” pressure vessels, are able to safely store hydrogen at a pressure of 700 bars. Still, these state-of-the-art tanks suffer from some limitations that makes it difficult to achieve a broader market introduction such as safety, performance, cost targets, refueling/emptying time, weight and volume, durability, life-cycle cost and recyclability.

To face these challenges, the THOR project aims to develop a cost-effective high-pressure thermoplastic composite hydrogen storage vessel for transportation applications. The project will result in a demonstrator vessel, complying with requirements for integration in vehicles.

The THOR consortium represents the entire supply chain for hydrogen storage, from technology developer to industrial manufacturer and end-user, which will strengthen the European supply chain and enhance the market uptake.


  • April 30th 2019 : Exposition ACT Los Angeles

    Some partners went to the site of the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) in Los Angeles in 4/2019. The objective was to assess the interest of our new technology and to know more about the different market players. Thus, more than 25 new contacts were then established, and the stand, above, was extremely busy.

  • Dissemination Day : The Movie

    You can find the movie of the convention :  

  • Dissemination day on Thermoplastic Hydrogen tanks

    Following the completion of the THOR project, the consortium invited several stakeholders to participate in a workshop to present the project results on a cost-effective thermoplastic composite pressure vessel for hydrogen storage for both vehicles and applications. transport.The THOR consortium thus made an appointment at the CETIM, Technocampus – chemin du Chaffault, 44340 Bouguenais, France, on Wednesday 21 September.