Thursday, December 20 2018
The truck will have a fully electrified propulsion system and a compactor, thanks to which will reduce the emissions of noise and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the residential areas through which these vehicles pass. Renova and other similar companies have carried out tests with electric garbage trucks, but this will be the first with fuel cells.
«Hydrogen fuel cell electrification is a very attractive alternative for heavy industrial vehicles such as garbage trucks, trucks benefit from all the advantages of electrification while maintaining some of the best aspects of fossil fuel operations. such as scope, hours of service and payload, «said Renova Development Director, Hans Zackrisson.
Vehicles that do not pollute, with the same autonomy as those of traditional combustion, safe and with maximum refueling comfort. Moved by an electric motor, but without the long waits at the time of recharging. It is an ideal scenario, maybe «science fiction» for many, but more real than it seems. It’s about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. A technology that is already real, although in Spain the possibilities of having a «hydrogenera» in which to refuel are almost non-existent.
It is a bet for the future in which the Hyundai Motor Group wants to count, and a lot. The Korean automaker has announced its ‘FCEV Vision 2030’ plan to be developed in the long term, reaffirming its commitment to accelerate the development of the hydrogen society, which will take advantage of the group’s global leadership in fuel cell technologies.
The operation of a fuel cell car, simplified to the maximum, would be the electrochemical process that occurs when hydrogen is mixed with oxygen and causes the propulsion of the vehicle. During this mixture, an electricity is generated that passes to some batteries and from the batteries to the engine, with the only emission of water vapor and nitrogen.
To speak of electric mobility is no longer to speak of the future, but of the present. The energy policies in most European countries go in this direction and the Balearic Government has been one of the pioneers. The Law of Climate Change and Energy Transition promoted by the Executive of Francina Armengol, which is in parliamentary procedure, foresees that the mobile fleet of the Islands will be decarbonised by 2050. This is, within 32 years, all the vehicles that will circulate through the Islands must be electric. For its part, the central government wants to push a law that prohibits the sale of gasoline, diesel and hybrid cars from 2040.
It is not about isolated measures. In 2024 Rome and Paris will prohibit the circulation of diesel cars, and a year later Brussels will do the same. The capital of Norway was the first to ban the use of these cars during the peaks of pollution and in less than two years all diesel will disappear from Oslo. Denmark wants the entire country to be free of any fossil fuel by 2050.
One of the most emblematic ski resorts in the French Pyrenees, is once again positioned as a pioneer in the use of non-polluting means of transport. The Luchon Superbagnères ski resort will have a train powered by hydrogen in the near future.
The French Occitanie Region has taken the pulse of the negligent management of the railway management company SNCF, ensuring that not only the line linking Montréjeau and Luchon will be rehabilitated and put into operation again, but the trains that will circulate through it will use clean energies to prevent pollution and pollution in mountain areas. It should be remembered that the railway line has been in disuse since November 2014, suffering considerable deterioration due to the inclement weather and the lack of maintenance.
An initiative promoted by the Region of Occitanie, positioning itself as the first French territorial community to commit itself in this way to respect for the environment, betting on clean energies and collective transport, renewing an old train line that had been forgotten of the God’s hand.
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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.