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There are many who think that the hydrogen car is really the future of the automotive industry, since they do not have the problems of recharging and autonomy of electric cars and, like them, do not emit CO2. But then why is there hardly one for sale in Spain, the Hyundai Nexo? Well, because they are terribly expensive (and there are hardly any hydrogenerators, but that’s another song).
Now a team of scientists at Brown University has developed a new catalyst that could make vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells cheaper. Based on nanoparticles made of an alloy of platinum and cobalt, the new catalyst is not only cheaper than pure platinum, but also promises to be more efficient and more durable.
With hydrogen fuel cells and adequate infrastructure, we would have cars as clean as electric cars (in direct emissions) and the freedom of conventional fossil fuels. Let’s try now to explain how functional.
The plastic waste could, in the not too distant future, fill the tanks of vehicles powered by hydrogen. The technology to make this possible already exists and has been developed by chemists at the University of Swansea in the United Kingdom. Scientists have developed a simple and efficient process to convert three common polymers into pure hydrogen.
The importance of this research -published in August in the journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – was explained by Dr. Moritz Kuehnel in an interview with the BBC: the team managed to improve the photo-transformation technique of waste plastics It involves adding a solar absorbing material to the polymers, putting it in a solution and exposing it to sunlight to transform those molecules into other molecules. “The process – explains Kuehnel – produces hydrogen gas: it is possible to see the bubbles coming directly from the surface”.
The EMBATT-goes-FAB project, in which Daimler participates, is developing bipolar batteries for electric vehicles based on lithium-ion technology, capable of achieving autonomy of up to a thousand kilometers.
With the aim of achieving batteries for electric vehicles with greater autonomy, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy has created the EMBATT-goes-FAB project, in which four German companies and institutions participate: Daimler, Thyssenkrupp System Engineering, IAV and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems. For two years, the four partners will develop bipolar batteries with greater storage capacity than the current ones. According to the developers, these battery cells applied to the electric car would be able to offer up to 1,000 kilometers of autonomy per charge.
Intersolar and eeS Europe, the largest battery and accumulator energy show in Europe, have just announced that the photovoltaic and accumulator sector will present its production solutions and the latest manufacturing technologies in a specific pavilion in the 2019 edition of These two fairs. The organizers of the largest fair-congress-exhibition of the solar of the Old Continent estimate that “the world market for batteries and fuel cells, which already amounts to 5,500 million euros, will exceed in 2025 the 81,000 million euros”.
The analysts of the market – Intersolar informs – predict for 2018 a photovoltaic growth of around 100 gigawatts (GW), while it is expected that by 2025 the world market for batteries and fuel cells will exceed 81,000 million euros. “The important growth The industry association is also generating an increase in production.SolarPower Europe sector forecasts go even further SolarPower Europe calculates that more than 1,000 GW of photovoltaic power will be installed in five years The fast growth of electromobility is another factor that is also driving the battery market, well, in light of all these forecasts, coinciding, Intersolar and Europe ees have decided to give more prominence to the production techniques and in 2019 will dedicate, for the first time , a specific pavilion for this theme in these specialized energy fairs, between May 15 and 17, 2019.
“In Germany – Intersolar informs -, the battery accumulator market has tripled in the last three years and in August the 100,000th solar electricity accumulator was put into operation”. The demand for high-powered industrial accumulators is also growing: for example, in June a battery accumulator with a capacity of more than 50 megawatt-hours (MWh) was installed in Pelham (England) to provide network stabilization services. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance research institute predicts that the annual installations of fixed accumulators will experience a significant growth by 2030 and that a power of 125 gigawatts will be reached with a storage volume of 305 gigawatt-hours (GWh).
Behind every steaming cup of coffee there is a great environmental challenge: what to do with millions of tons of polluting waste. An Argentine scientist based in the United Kingdom and his Colombian colleague found a possible answer to the problem: transform coffee waste into electricity. These wastes have already been used to produce biofuels, but it is the first time they have been used to generate electricity.
The research is the product of the collaboration of Claudio Avignone Rossa, a professor at the University of Surrey, in England, with Lina Agudelo, from the University of Antioquia. Both say that using coffee waste to produce electricity could not only reduce the problem of pollution, but help financially to coffee farmers.
On October 1 a meeting of the Drongeno project was held, “Solar Hydrogen for Drones Autonomy”, at the Automation and Robotics Center of the Higher Council of Scientific Research, in Arganda del Rey (Madrid). The main objective of the project is the development of a power system for drone energy based on hydrogen that significantly increases its flight autonomy.
The generation of hydrogen will be carried out through the use of photovoltaic electricity generation from assisted electrolysis with organic compounds, thus reducing the contamination of current batteries and batteries due to PEM and alkaline electrolysis. In addition, a new drone will be designed that will incorporate a fuel cell and a lithium battery, combining both energy systems.
The Drongeno consortium is made up of the specialized company Dronak, the Institute of Concentrated Photovoltaic Systems (Isfoc), and the Center for Automation and Robotics of the CSIC, dedicated to R & D in control engineering, artificial vision and robotics. It also has the external collaboration of the consulting company Arosa I + D for the project management tasks.
Thanks to the ZANZEFF program (Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities) Toyota will be able to take to the streets its project of trucks driven with its hydrogen fuel cell technology. Ten of these trucks will be manufactured for the port of Los Angeles.
In the last two years, the US division of Toyota has introduced two fully functional prototypes of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty trucks. These were models of the American firm Kenworth of Class 8 and had been modified by the Japanese brand with the same Fuel Cell technology used by other vehicles of the brand.
This project is called Project Portal and thanks to the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) program it will reach the streets, or at least the famous port of Los Angeles, as Toyota and Kenworth will develop a production version of which will be manufactured, at least initially, 10 units.
According to the EV Volumes analyst’s global electric car database, “sales of plug-in vehicles in Europe reached 195,000 units in the first half of 2018, 42% more than in the same period of 2017.” EV Volume counts both electric vehicles with batteries (‘pure electric’) and hybrid vehicles with plug in the categories of cars and light vehicles (ATVs, mopeds and motorcycles). Hybrids that do not have a plug are out of consideration.
The General Director of Industry, SMEs, Commerce and Handicrafts of the Government of Aragon, Jesús Sánchez Farraces, and the Managing Director of Enagás, Marcelino Oreja, have signed a document in the Hydrogen Aragon Foundation for which Enagás applies to the Board of the entity .
The Government of Aragon and Enagas have approached possibilities of collaboration to promote and favor the development of projects based on the use of renewable gases such as hydrogen, biogas and biomethane. The General Director of Industry, SMEs, Commerce and Handicrafts of the Government of Aragon and vice president of the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon, Jesús Sánchez Farraces, received at the Foundation’s facilities, located in the Technology Park Walqa, to the Managing Director of Enagas, Marcelino Oreja. This meeting has also served to sign a document by which the company requests its adhesion to the Board of the entity.
María Escudero Escribano Química Cacereña, Princess of Girona Award. He has just received the Princess of Girona award for his work to make hydrogen a viable energy in the transport world. Its aspiration is that the planet is energetically sustainable, a challenge that it considers achievable.
He leads, from the nanoscience center of the University of Copenhagen, one of the world’s leading research groups in the no less leading world of clean energy alternatives applied to automobiles. It lives on the crest of the wave of the hydrogen revolution as a clean and alternative fuel to hydrocarbons and ensures that the challenge of achieving a planet moved by non-polluting energies is within the reach of technology and that only the will of the political leaders.
A new technology developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology enables energy harvesting from photosynthetic bacteria – cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria belong to a family of bacteria common to lakes, seas and many other habitats. Throughout their evolution, the bacteria developed photosynthetic mechanisms that enable them to generate energy from sunlight. In addition, they also generate energy in the dark, via respiratory mechanisms, which relies on sugar degradation.
The Technion researchers developed an energy-producing system that exploits both the photosynthesis and respiratory processes, allowing for energy harvesting during the day (photosynthesis) and at night (respiration).
Los investigadores de Technion desarrollaron un sistema de producción de energía que explota tanto la fotosíntesis como los procesos respiratorios, permitiendo la recolección de energía durante el día (fotosíntesis) y durante la noche (respiración).
Did you know that Carlos Alvarado says in the US that hydrogen-powered electric transport will be “the norm” in Costa Rica?
The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, declared during his tour of the United States that electric and hybrid transport will soon be the norm in Costa Rica. That was one of the goals of the government that the president presented before the Inter-American Dialogue forum, which brings together political scientists and other professionals from the United States and the region. “Our country is a leader in the fight against climate change, we are determined to be one of the first countries, if not the first, to achieve decarbonization, alternative energy sources are here to stay, in Costa Rica, electric and hybrid transport, using hydrogen and other technologies for energy production, will soon be the norm. “
Alvarado ordered a plan to study hydrogen as a substitute for fossil fuels in the transport sector. He did it on May 8, in his transfer of power, to which he arrived aboard the hydrogen bus developed by the Costa Rican scientist Franklin Chang.