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Hydrogen powered vehicles are becoming more popular, especially buses in cities, where diesel particulates are choking the population. There is an abundance of clean wind and solar energy that can produce green hydrogen, something that at the moment is not happening.
Cars that use hydrogen fuel cells are slowly gaining in popularity, but not quickly enough - amid confusion as to what format to adopt and develop.
Fuel cells and batteries are similar as they both generate electricity. But a battery stores energy in its electrodes, while a fuel cell uses an external fuel such as hydrogen allowing it to continue operating as long as fuel is available.
Unlike conventional batteries however, fuel cells do not contain harmful materials, nor do they have moving parts thereby minimizing maintenance requirements.
The ideal would thus be a hydrogen battery, except for the cost of hydrogen at the moment.
Our mission is to add value to the electric vehicle concept and, to provide a means where battery and hydrogen powered vehicles can work side by side, to complement, rather than compete with each other technologically.
By producing a compatible platform in their range of vehicles, OEMs need not concern themselves with competing against alternative fuel formats, but focus on producing great cars. Battery or hydrogen powered it does not matter, compatible electric cars can swap between energy sources at the flick of a switch. You are probably wondering how?
INTRODUCING THE HYDROGEN BATTERY
A 'hydrogen battery' is an energy cartridge that is compatible with the developing Universal battery cartridge theme, designed to service any suitable electrically propelled vehicle, including buses, cars, vans, and especially; long haul trucks.
There are two main ingredients that go to make a Hydrogen Battery:
1. a high efficiency fuel cell stack of a suitable power rating, and
2. a method of storing hydrogen that will provide a realistic range to allow transition to zero emission transportation.
Hydrogen cartridges can contain gas at 700 bar, or liquid hydrogen in combination with a matched bank of fuel cells. The high pressure gas version will give 270+ miles per exchange in a typical family car, like the Toyota Mirai. It is anticipated that a liquid hydrogen version will have a significantly longer range - in the region of 470+ miles.
Universal safety cartridges are stackable for vans and trucks, offering 1,000 mile ranges on long haul heavy goods vehicles using the high-pressure gas example, and 1,750 mile ranges on liquid hydrogen. These are only estimates until the concept is proven.
Cartridge exchanges take just a couple of minutes at dedicated rapid, smart service stations. Spent cartridges are refilled automatically, cyclically, with hydrogen and stored until requested by other vehicles passing through the station forecourt.
The system provides additional storage for mismatched load-levelling of solar and wind generated electricity in remote regions, for use in cities in other regions. The service stations can return electricity to the grid when demand requires.
The proposed system is compatible with Pay As You Drive (PAYD) technology. This makes the purchase price of an EV much lower than other systems. You pay for energy and cartridge depreciation at every fill up.
The concept is set to disrupt much of the automotive world, mainly those who fail to react in sufficient time to move with the times. Fortunately, most OEMs are now producing hydrogen HFCEV prototypes, and a very few; production vehicles.
There is likely to be a period of cheap oil as Saudi Arabia and Russia vie to capitalize on their fossil fuel reserves, but ultimately, diversification is where efforts are most likely to reap rewards in the long term, as hydrogen becomes competitive price wise and compatible with conventional battery technology.
WORLD HYDROGEN CONGRESS 22 SEPTEMBER 2020
The World Hydrogen Congress is the leading annual meeting place for senior executives working in the field of hydrogen production, transportation, distribution, storage, policy and end use applications.
The global energy markets are in transition led by the technological disruption of renewable energy power, digital technologies and the need to decarbonize the power generation, mobility and heat energy markets in the face of the rapidly evolving climate change reality. Hydrogen is a rapidly growing solution to decarbonizing power generation, energy storage, cost efficient drive-trains and most especially; industrial heat markets.
If we want a practical solution for the next 50 years, to begin within the next 10 years, hydrogen has many obstacles to overcome, where battery exchange recharging by swapping packs is already making headway in China and India, and is sure to become more popular as a way of instantly recharging EV's and also load levelling generation from solar and wind electricity. One potential solution under development is a Dual Fuel service station where energy packs can include hydrogen as the storage medium. With such a system, instead of competing with batteries, hydrogen interests can work alongside battery concerns to build a comprehensive transport infrastructure.
STOP PETROL & DIESEL SALES - 2030 TARGET
That is why, finally, the political tide is turning for the EU, G20 and United Nations, in no small measure due to the millions of schoolchildren who are concerned enough about their future to have organized mass protests - spurred on by the efforts of the remarkable Greta Thunberg.
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