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.
Ballard Power Systems has signed a product development agreement with Hydrogene de France (HDF Energy), an independent power producer dedicated to renewable power generation, for the development and integration of a multi-megawatt (MW) scale fuel cell system into HDF Energy’s Renewstable power plant designed for stationary power applications.
The British company AFC Energy has confirmed the installation of the first fast charging stations for electric cars that use a hydrogen system as a backup. A format that they indicate is the perfect one to offer a solution of load in those zones where it is not possible to carry a laying of sufficient quality or power to offer the service.
Rolls-Royce and Lab1886, an innovation lab within the Mercedes-Benz group, have taken the first step in cooperation on the use of vehicle fuel cells for stationary power generation. A pilot project has now been agreed to between Rolls-Royce Power Systems, under the MTU brand, and Lab1886. Rolls-Royce will develop an integrated MTU solution for sustainable off-grid generation of continuous and emergency power using vehicle fuel cells.
‘Alpha’ was born as an initiative of Pragma Industries, focused on the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cells. And it had the support of Cycleurope, which designs bicycles, and BMS PowerSafe, which is responsible for designing battery management systems. They ensure that it is ready to enter large-scale production.
Bosch broke ground on a fuel cell battery development center last week in the east China city of Wuxi with the aim of supplying the emerging local fuel cell vehicle market. The center is due to start operation in 2021. It will become the German supplier’s first fuel-cell battery development facility outside Germany, Bosch said.
Ballard plans to deliver the 20 FCveloCity®-HD 85kW modules in 2020. These will power 20 Van Hool A330 model Fuel Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs) that are planned for deployment with Qbuzz, the transit agency for the city of Groningen, by the end of next year. Shell has been contracted to build a hydrogen refueling station at the Peizerweg bus depot in Groningen to support this fleet of FCEBs, with each bus having a range of 350-to-400 kilometers (220-to-250 miles) between refuelings.
The Hydrocarbons Logistics Company (CLH) and the US company Plug Power have reached an agreement to extend the use of hydrogen in Spain through the design, implementation and operation of energy solutions based on this technology. This alliance will allow customers to offer comprehensive solutions, including the adaptation of existing equipment for the use of hydrogen or the commercialization of new equipment, the continuous supply of hydrogen and the construction and maintenance of the necessary infrastructure.
Last October, the Ibero-American Congress of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, IBERCONAPPICE 2019, was held at the CIEMAT headquarters. The congress, organized by the Spanish Fuel Cell Association (APPICE), brings together important sectors of the sector every two years. research and business development related to fuel cells and hydrogen technology in general, for over fifteen years being the main congress held in Spain as part of its theme.