Scientists at the Renewable Energy MRSEC at the Colorado
School of Mines have for the first time modeled the formation (nucleation) and
growth of a special form of ice that is very effective in storing hydrogen as a
fuel. In the pictures above,
growth begins in the upper left hand corner. This model simulates how the water
molecules come together to form the structure. Understanding the mechanism for
this nucleation is critical to controlling the formation of this form of ice to
be used in many energy applications, especially storage.