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Did you know that Energy Transition Day has taken place? Sustainability in the Assembly Hall of CIEMAT organized by APPICE?
The presentation was given by the Director of the Department of Energy of CIEMAT, Mrs. María Luisa Castaño, who was accompanied by Mrs. Loreto Daza, President of APPICE and Head of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Group of the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (CSIC), and by Mr. Tomás González Ayuso, Head of the Fuel Cells and System Integration Unit of CIEMAT.
According to controversial statements made recently by Sarah Maryssael, global manager of metals supply for batteries of Tesla, soon the industry could face a global shortage of key materials for the manufacture of batteries for electric cars, situation due to the little investment in mining, which does not correspond to the growing demand.
Hydrogen is a carrier of clean energy with multiple possible applications. However, this gas is highly flammable when mixed with air, so very efficient and fast sensors are needed to immediately detect a leak. Researchers from the Technological University of Chalmers (Sweden) have managed to develop a sensor that detects leaks in just one second, opening the way to the massive use of hydrogen-powered vehicles and other applications.
The professor of chemistry of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell David Ryan, has created a new way of driving electric vehicles by means of hydrogen that achieves that the autonomy of these is much greater, besides being a system that gains in security.
The idea is to create a more efficient way to make electric vehicles move, something for which Mr. Ryan uses water, carbon dioxide and metallic cobalt. Thanks to these three elements it manages to produce hydrogen gas on demand at a relatively low temperature and pressure.
Did you know that Air Liquide, Idex, STEP and Toyota create HysetCo to promote mobility based on hydrogen?
Air Liquide, Idex, Société du Taxi Électrique Parisien (STEP) and Toyota have joined forces to promote the development of hydrogen-based mobility with a joint venture called HysetCo. It is the first in history dedicated to the development of mobility based on hydrogen in the Île-de-France region, in Paris.
This collaboration represents an unprecedented milestone in the promotion of a hydrogen-based society in France and in the development of Hype, the world’s first hydrogen-based, emission-free fleet. It is a project launched in 2015, during COP21 and that has fuel cell cabs in circulation in Paris and throughout the Île-de-France region.
HysetCo will facilitate the deployment of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and their charging infrastructure in the Île-de-France region to reach the goal of 600 taxis by the end of 2020. Toyota will supply another 500 Mirai before the end of 2020, to Complete the existing fleet of 100 Hype vehicles.
This joint venture covers two activities: the distribution of hydrogen and the development of applications related to mobility. Within that ecosystem, each collaborator contributes his own knowledge. The entity’s mission is to promote the transition of the sector towards the elimination of emissions, with the aim of having ‘Taxis / VTC without emissions for the Olympic Games of Paris 2024’.
Transportation is one of the most important human needs. Nowadays, in our civilization it is so vital that we depend totally on it, both to move and to transport our resources, be it water, food, or any other basic need.
For this reason, it is logical to think that the automotive industry seeks to develop technologies that allow a better performance. It is expected that in the near future this economic sector will benefit enormously from nanotechnology and nanomaterials.
Global expectations of lower emissions and fuel savings are creating huge demands for lightweight, durable and low-cost materials to replace expensive metals and compounds, and nanotechnology can help meet those demands.
Scientists led by Johns Hopkins University have developed a new method to increase the reactivity of ultra-thin nanosheets, with only a few atoms of thickness, an advance that can make fuel cells for hydrogen cars cheaper in the future.
The new method focuses on finding the right amount, to evaluate how much metal would be required for the fuel cell electrodes. The technique uses the forces on the surface of a metal to identify the ideal thickness of the electrode.
«Each material experiences a tension on the surface due to the breakdown of the crystalline symmetry of the material at the atomic level. We discovered a way to make these crystals ultrafine, thus decreasing the distance between the atoms and increasing the reactivity of the material, «says Chao Wang, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University and one of the corresponding authors of the study.
The capital of the Turia was the scene on Tuesday of the first working meeting of «H2PORTS – Implementing Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Technologies in Ports», a project aimed at implementing efficient solutions to reduce the environmental impact of operations developed in the port of Valencia. Thanks to this initiative, coordinated by the Valenciaport Foundation, in close collaboration with the Port Authority of Valencia, this enclave will become the first in Europe to incorporate hydrogen energy into its terminals.
H2PORTS, which has a total investment of four million euros and is financed by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking program (FCH JU), is part of the energy strategy implemented in 2017 by Valenciaport, based on the use of hydrogen and of fuel cells as an alternative energy.
This first meeting, which was attended by the general director of the Valenciaport Foundation, Antonio Torregrosa, and the director of Environment and Security of the APV, Federico Torres, is the starting signal for the implementation of the use of hydrogen through pilot projects that will operate in real conditions in the port of Valencia and that will bridge the gap between prototypes and pre-commercial products. Specifically, three pilots will be tested that will operate in this dock: a container loading / unloading and transport reach stacker, powered by hydrogen; a terminal tractor for ro-ro operations, powered by hydrogen batteries, and a mobile hydrogen supply station that will provide the necessary fuel to guarantee the continuous work cycles of the aforementioned equipment and that in the initial phase of the project will work in the Grimaldi (Valencia Terminal Europa) and MSC terminals in the Port of Valencia.
Did you know that two engineers from Extremadura create a prototype that stores hydrogen to turn it into electricity at a very low cost?
Two engineers from Extremadura have created a hydrogen generator that, through the decomposition of water, will allow low costs to store hydrogen to subsequently create electricity, increasing the clean energy available in homes.
Extremadura engineers Antonio Fioravanti and Jaime Casanova have built H2VIVO, a prototype that extracts hydrogen from water to convert it later into electricity. The prototype, with great efficiency and significantly lower costs than the other hydrogen generators, provides an advantage of energy and lower costs in homes.
The hydrogen generator, created by extrememos with the collaboration of two professors from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, uses the energy of solar panels to decompose water into hydrogen and oxygen. The purpose is to store hydrogen to create «a clean, safe and inexhaustible energy, through its transformation to combustion gas or electricity», according to the researchers told Efe, and release oxygen to counteract greenhouse gases.
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.
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.
France’s HDF Energy will build what it says will be the world’s largest 100% renewable electric power plant: a 55 MW solar park will be connected to a 140 MWh hydrogen-based renewable energy storage system, combined with storage batteries additional that will provide reliable electricity and with a competitive price during the day and night to more than 10,000 homes in French Guiana.
HDF Energy (Hydrogène de France) has announced the launch of a unique project in the history of renewable energy: CEOG, the Electric Power Plant of West French Guiana (Centrale Electrique de l’Ouest Guyanais).
The company will connect a 55 MW solar park with the 140 MWh hydrogen-based renewable energy storage system, combined with additional storage batteries. Thus, this combination allows to produce reliable electricity in the long term with 100% clean energy.
Did you know that GORE-SELECT® Membranes Support Sunrise Power’s Vehicle Fuel Cell Stack In More Than 5000 Hours of Reliable Operation?
ELKTON, Md. USA (May 15, 2018) – W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) has been chosen as the key supplier of proton exchange membrane for the Sunrise Power HYMOD®-300 vehicle fuel cell stack. A leading Chinese supplier of vehicle fuel cell stacks and systems, Sunrise Power incorporated GORE-SELECT® Membranes in their latest system to meet their stringent requirements for durability and reliability — key factors for the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles.
Gore’s GORE-SELECT® Membranes, which facilitate a fuel cell’s electrochemical reaction between hydrogen fuel and oxygen, supported the Sunrise Power fuel cell stack’s ability to exceed 5,000 hours of operation testing, while also achieving low-temperature start-up at -10 °C and storage at -40 °C.
The Nuremberg metropolitan region will receive five more hydrogen stations at a single stroke: four (Bayreuth, Biebelried, Fürth and Schnelldorf) will be built as part of H2 MOBILITY’s regular network planning, while a fifth location – Erlangen – has successfully prevailed in the second appeal to regions, with 20 declarations of intent to purchase hydrogen cars and an integrated concept for hydrogen generation and storage. This means that hydrogen pioneers in the region will soon be able to refuel at a total of eight locations in Nuremberg and the surrounding area.
H2 MOBILITY Deutschland GmbH&Co. KG issued its second appeal to regions to apply for a hydrogen filling station. At least 15 signed LOIs (Letter of Intent) for the purchase of a hydrogen-powered vehicle were considered a prerequisite. In all, more than 400 LOIs were submitted by companies and individuals from 13 regions.
Did you know that New greener police cars to run on hydrogen Zero emission vehicles to be used by taxi firms and police?
Police cars and taxis will be among nearly 200 new hydrogen powered vehicles switching to zero emission miles, thanks to a multi-million pound government boost. The zero emission vehicles are part of a project that has won £8.8 million in funding from the Department for Transport to improve access to hydrogen refuelling stations up and down the country and increase the number of hydrogen cars on our roads from this summer.
The winning project is run by a consortium managed by Element Energy and including expertise from ITM Power, Shell, Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. It will capitalise on the reliable mileage of established fleets and see vehicles being procured by emergency services such as the Metropolitan Police, as well as Green Tomato Cars and Europcar to support the growth of refuelling infrastructure for hydrogen vehicles up and down the country.
H2B2 has matured its business model and is looking for an industrial partner to make a qualitative leap in the energy market. This firm was created in 2016 by Javier Brey, former CEO of Hinergreen (subsidiary of Abengoa), and had the support of Felipe Benjumea Llorente (the former president of Abengoa is a strategy advisor) and his son Felipe Benjumea Porres ( who is one of the two financial directors). The goal is to occupy a relevant place in the hydrogen production systems, which will replace in the future a portion of the current consumption of natural gas.
Hydrogen is an abundant element but it is not free (it is in fossil fuels with carbon and in water with oxygen). By applying energy in water, hydrogen can be recovered with the electrolysis process (which allows the molecules to be decomposed with an electric current). H2B2 has focused on the development of electrolyzers, the equipment that allows hydrogen to be separated from oxygen.
Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia began testing an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, better known as a drone) powered by «one of the cleanest energies on the planet, hydrogen,» they said in a press release.
The drone is powered by a hybrid triple propulsion system that uses a cell, battery and super capacitor with hydrogen as fuel. «The power of hydrogen provides a much greater range and better durability, compared to the small electric UAVs of today,» said Andrew Gong, head of the university team.
In addition, the cells driven by hydrogen are more environmentally friendly because they do not produce carbon dioxide emissions and make aircraft much quieter than those that use other types of fossil fuels.