Sodium borohydride, known as a good hydrogen carrier and storage, which is the most important of commercially produced and used boron hydrides, has already been used in many areas such as bleaching of pulp, reducing textile waste, and removing heavy metals from waste water.

Sodium boron hydride is advantageous over other methods of storing hydrogen due to some of its features such as being non-flammable/explosive, being an environmentally friendly product, the ability to converse sodium metaborate formed as a result of reaction back into sodium boron hydride, half of the hydrogen obtained is from sodium borohydride and the other half is from the water and not causing some problems in terms of load and passenger transport in vehicles. Sodium borohydride will become an important product in the energy field with the widespread use of hydrogen as a fuel in the coming years. In addition to hydrogen storage, it can also be used as a direct fuel in fuel cells. 

Nuclear Applications

Boron steels, boron carbides and titanium boron alloys are used in atomic reactors. Stainless boron steel is preferred as neutron absorber. Approximately each boron atom absorbs a neutron. For this reason, boron (10B) is used in the control systems of atomic reactors, in cooling ponds and in the alarm closure of the reactor.

In addition, colemanite, boron ore, is used for the storage of nuclear waste.


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