Scientists from the Federal Baltic University Immanuel Kant – Russia, found an effective way to obtain hydrogen engine fuel by using molybdenum sulfide. «Molybdenum sulfide as a material for catalysts, in the first place, is more effective than molybdenum and, secondly, much cheaper, since the total amount of expensive metal in the catalysts is reduced, and sulfur is not scarce and very cheap. «
We talk about hydrogen vehicles, cars that run on an electric motor, but in this case the battery that moves the engine is not charged with electricity but with hydrogen. Their footprint in the environment is almost invisible since they only emit water vapor, their refueling does not last more than five minutes and their autonomy is greater, since it does not feed from a battery.
The Ministry of Defense has launched a program for the development of a new Fuel Cell System (SPC) for the Independent Air Propulsion (AIP) system of the S80 submarine. The S80 will feature a new AIP equipped with a bioethanol reformer, which generates hydrogen, in which the Spanish industry works, and a fuel cell.
Grupo Mecacontrol, together with CSIC and INSIA (Polytechnic University of Madrid), has presented an innovative system for the reduction of NOx emissions in diesel engines that uses hydrogen as a reducing agent in a temperature range between 150ºC and 200ºC. The CONOR project, funded by CDTi (Center for Technological and Industrial Development), has aroused interest in major brands in the automotive sector.
Williams’ commercial division, Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) will develop the lithium battery system of the hydrogen fuel cell electric truck of the global mining company, Anglo American. This dumper will be able to transport 300 tons, which makes it the largest electrified vehicle in the world. WAE will leverage its experience in developing batteries for challenging environments, as is the case in Formula E. These modular batteries will be tested in a mining truck later this year.
Nikola Motor presented on Monday the concept of an electric truck as fast as a supercar, with great autonomy and futuristic and attractive appearance. The so-called ‘Badger’ is in the early stages of development, but several of its technical specifications were revealed. These include its battery system, which includes a hydrogen fuel cell and a lithium-ion battery, whose combined work allows it to travel a distance of up to 965 kilometers.
A total of 17 organizations have joined in a consortium that aims to convert the Rhine-Alpes corridor (between Rotterdam and Genoa), into a hydrogen, water and road transport route by road. The RH₂INE (Rhine Hydrogen Integration Excellence Network) project, based on the fact that freight transport between the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy is today based almost exclusively on fossil fuels.
Hyundai Motor Company has announced the extension of its agreement to develop hydrogen with the United States government. It is through the Department of Energy (DOE). Hyundai, beyond getting involved in the DOE Fuel and Hydrogen Cell Program, will deliver 5 new NEXO. Hyundai’s commitment is aimed at increasing technical collaboration to better understand the challenges of hydrogen. In addition, the data recorded under actual operating conditions will be collected and published.
The Nikola Tre electric truck will have a Spanish accent: the Iveco factories in Madrid and Valladolid will supply the batteries
Nikola Motors and CNH Industrial, parent company of Iveco and FPT Industrial, have reached an agreement to create a joint venture and manufacture the new Nikola Tre electric battery truck since the first quarter of 2021. For its part, the Iveco plants in Valladolid and Madrid will be responsible for supplying the battery modules, which will allow «a rapid increase in production to meet the expected strong demand.»
Hydrogen technologies are prepared to meet this challenge, as confirmed by representatives of Hydrogen Europe and the Institute for Diversification of Energy Saving in Spain (IDAE), as well as Javier Brey, president of the Spanish Association of Hydrogen (AeH2) during the technical day «Hydrogen: a key piece to ensure climate neutrality».
A chemist from RUDN (Russia) has synthesized an electrocatalyst of gold nanoparticles with organic ligands that can initiate reactions both to obtain hydrogen and to reduce oxygen in the fuel cells. The performance of the products with the new catalyst was double compared to the use of a traditional platinum-based catalyst. The article was published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A.
Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing and Tsinghua University, Beijing investigate real-time, on-demand hydrogen generation for use in fuel cells, which are a quiet and clean form of energy. They describe their results in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, from AIP Publishing. The researchers used an alloy — a combination of metals — of gallium, indium, tin and bismuth to generate hydrogen.
Bosch has announced the increase of its participation in the capital of Ceres Power from 3.9% to about 18%, with an investment of approximately 90 million euros, as part of its commitment to hydrogen fuel, as reported The company in a statement. The increase has been carried out through new Ceres Power shares and the acquisition of others from the company’s shareholders. The agreement established Bosch’s right to appoint a non-executive director on the Ceres Power committee.
Scania has supplied four hydrogen-powered trucks with electric transmission to the Norwegian operator ASKO, which will work in real working conditions. At the same time, the opening of the ASKO hydrogen station in Trondheim, in the aforementioned Scandinavian country, has taken place. Scania works with its electrification roadmap in the same way as with combustion engine and biofuel technology.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. It is used as an input in oil refining, the production of ammonia and methanol and the manufacture of steel. Current global demand for hydrogen is more than 70 million tons per year. The supply of hydrogen to industrial users is now an important business worldwide.
HIGGS, Hydrogen In Gas GridS is a European project coordinated by the Aragón Hydrogen Foundation. Its ultimate goal is to boost decarbonization in Europe. For this, it is based on analyzing the existing potential and the requirements on the infrastructure, its components and its management that entails injecting hydrogen into the current high-pressure natural gas transport networks.
During the annual meeting of General Directors of the Hydrogen Council, the vice president of Hyundai has given three keys to the transition to hydrogen. Euisun Chung has identified costs, comprehensive security management and widespread acceptance as key points to move towards a “Hydrogen Society”.
Four years after its creation, it has 110 taxis operating in Paris, which makes it the largest fleet in the world and has announced that it will increase to 600 hydrogen vehicles for this year, thanks to a recent partnership with Toyota. Since 2015, Hype taxis have accumulated four million kilometers, avoiding approximately two tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx).
Sales of hydrogen fuel cell cars in South Korea have increased almost six times in 2019 compared to a year earlier, data from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy showed, in line with Seoul’s efforts to promote the use of ecological resources and the reduction in the emission of pollutants.
The main companies in the sector use the most advanced technology to find alternatives to fossil fuels in steel production. One of the alternatives studied by several of the main multinationals is hydrogen. This is the case of the Swedish SSAB Swedish Steel. In the factory he owns in the city of Raahe, in Finland, he intends to replace the cok that is used to feed the blast furnaces with hydrogen.
BMW is confident that by 2025 a significant reduction in production costs will allow hundreds of thousands of vehicles moved by hydrogen to be produced. Recent statements by Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s Head of Development, reveal the Bavarian company’s intention to market a limited series of X6 and X7 units that would use a second-generation hydrogen battery developed in conjunction with Toyota.
Enagás promotes an investment plan of 2,250 million euros to make Spain a hydrogen exporting country to Europe. To achieve this, the company chaired by Antonio Llardén has prepared an ambitious plan that focuses on five concrete actions in the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country, Castile and Leon, Aragon and Asturias with which it intends to boost alliances and, in turn, receive European funding.
This city is designed to shelter a large research center, and will have approximately 260,000 m². According to Toyota, this city or «living laboratory» will serve as a home for full-time residents and researchers who can test and develop technologies such as autonomy, robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real environment.
The National Center for Experimentation of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies (CNH2) remains immersed in the execution of the H2Ports project, an action aligned with the needs and objectives of the European Commission and the port industry. The objective is to provide efficient solutions to facilitate rapid evolution from a fossil fuel based industry to a low carbon and zero emission sector.