Thursday, January 31 2019
Continues the bet for the use of hydrogen fuel cells for the propulsion of shipsScania will deliver its first fuel cell garbage truck by the end of 2019
The tests will be carried out in the Sintef Ocean laboratory in Trondheim, with two 30 kW fuel cells, configured to control and operate a complete power system of a scale propulsion plant. These tests will analyze the technical aspects of the scale effect and what the optimal cell / battery combinations will be.
What if hydrogen was the fuel of the future and we just know how it works?Objective 2030 for the development of the hydrogen society and the fuel cell
A study signed by an English consultant ensures that hydrogen will be a fifth of all the energy consumed in 2050. Despite these data, and that hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements in the universe, it remains a great unknown among drivers and as an alternative to combustion vehicles. However, it is an interesting alternative because it is a cleaner energy and with a refueling cost similar to that of a diesel or gasoline vehicle.
If we were to ask drivers for the alternatives to combustion vehicles, the vast majority would talk about electric cars; others (less) would refer to gas -GNC / GLP-; and only a few would cite vehicles powered by hydrogen.
In spite of the fact that hydrogen is one of the most abundant elements of the universe and that as a compound it can be found in incalculable quantities; and in spite of the fact that it is a colorless and odorless gas that is so clean that it only emits water in its combustion, it remains a great unknown among the drivers.
It is not so much for other sectors. A study signed by an English consultant Mckinsey ensures that hydrogen will be a fifth of all energy consumed in 2050; But first, in 2030, it will be sufficiently developed to feed between 10 and 15 million cars and half a million trucks.
The Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragón (FHa) and the National Center for the Experimentation of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies (CNH2) sign a protocol to promote joint initiatives related to research on hydrogen and batteries of fuel and its use in economic sectors and in society in general.
The protocol, signed in Toledo, also aims to collaborate in programs of common interest, both research, equipment and infrastructure provision and mutual advice in the promotion and monitoring of scientific activity.
In addition, this agreement constitutes a stable framework for cooperation in hydrogen technologies and fuel cells, based on the extensive experience that both entities have in this field both in Spain and in international projects, will serve to launch new initiatives focused on hydrogen and its technological, scientific and business use, as indicated by a press release.
In this way, the protocol includes several lines of action such as the creation of joint working groups and a joint committee composed of three representatives of each entity that will meet periodically and schedule activities, cooperation agreements and research contracts with public entities and private ones that have to be established.
It also gathers the interest of the Hydrogen Aragon Foundation and the National Hydrogen Center for developing at the same time research and development activities in specific fields such as the generation of hydrogen from renewable energies.
This general protocol of collaboration has been signed by Jesús Sánchez, general director of Industry, SMEs, Trade and Crafts of the Government of Aragon and vice president of the Board of Hydrogen Aragon Foundation, and Emilio Nieto, director of the National Hydrogen Center. The firm has also been assisted by the director of the Hydrogen Aragon Foundation, Fernando Palacín, and the general director of Universities, Research and Innovation, Ricardo Cuevas.
If something good has brought the evolution of the automotive sector is the number of signatures that appear. However, many of them never reach a desired size or success, because the competition is brutal. Today, the only one that has achieved significant impact is Tesla Inc, although from time to time there are rumors about its viability. However, from China comes a new firm willing to eat the European market: Aiways.
For those who do not know, the life of Aiways is very short, since it was founded in 2017. However, it has had a very valuable partner: Roland Gumpert. Together with him, they have developed two models with which to make the leap to international markets. In addition, they do it to the last one, because they are propelled by an electrical system and another one by fuel cell. Perhaps, the point where they fail is in the design, although this is subjective.
The first model we will know is the Aiways RG Nathalie, a supercar of risky design. Its propulsion system, based on a fuel cell, is powered by ethanol. The energy generated by it feeds four electric motors that allow it, according to the brand, to reach a maximum speed of 305 kilometers per hour. In addition, it has a range of 1,200 kilometers, a remarkable figure for the type of model in question.
The second model is the Aiways U5, an SUV that belongs to segment D, since it reaches 4.68 meters in length. This model is driven by an electric block that develops 188 horsepower and 315 Nm of maximum torque. The autonomy, according to the firm, which reaches the U5 is 460 kilometers, although they have not communicated the recharge time. A point in favor of U5 is its technological and security arsenal, including elements such as alert of involuntary lane change.
¿Did you know that…?
Did you know that two engineers from Extremadura create a prototype that stores hydrogen to turn it into electricity at a very low cost?Did you know that they have discovered a way to cheapen hydrogen fuel cells?
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.