Climate friendly fuel cells for hydrogen cars have come one step closer. Researchers at the Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, have shown how to build fuel cells that produce as much electricity as current models, but require markedly less of the rare and valuable precious metal platinum. Their discovery was published in the highly reputable periodical Nature Materials.
General Motors and Honda announced today a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame. The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing strategies.
Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, today announced that BMW Manufacturing Co. recently expanded the use of Plug Power hydrogen fuel cells at its Spartanburg, South Carolina facility to power all material handling trucks and forklifts, bringing its clean energy fleet to 275 units. This makes it the largest such fleet in North America.
An Aston Martin Rapide S race car, featuring a Hybrid Hydrogen system developed by Alset Global, has become the first hydrogen-powered car to compete in, and to undertake zero CO2 emissions laps of, an international motor race.
The ability to offer a practical, affordable and clean, renewable energy through the use of hydrogen-fuelled cars is to set be demonstrated in Aston Martin’s Rapide S race car entry at the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring on May 19th-20th 2013. A prototype, twin-turbo, Aston Martin Rapide S will use Alset Global’s unique Hybrid Hydrogen system to run on pure gasoline or hydrogen or a blend of both.
Every year, millions of tons of environmentally harmful ash is produced worldwide, and is mostly dumped in landfill sites or, in some countries, used as construction material. The ash is what is left when rubbish has been burnt in thermal power stations.
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently received four fuel cell hybrid vehicles - advanced (FCHV-adv) on loan from Toyota through a two-year Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. These vehicles will help NREL enhance its research related to hydrogen fueling infrastructure, renewable hydrogen production, and vehicle performance.
For the first time, engineers at the University of New South Wales have demonstrated that hydrogen can be released and reabsorbed from a promising storage material, overcoming a major hurdle to its use as an alternative fuel source.
Proton OnSite, a provider of hydrogen energy and gas solutions, has achieved gas production at 5,000 psi without a compressor using hydrogen electrolyzer technology.
The Linde Group, a gases and engineering company, has succeeded in producing hydrogen using sustainable sources. The company used biodiesel by-products to produce hydrogen at its pilot plant in Leuna, Germany. The produced hydrogen was certified by TÜV SÜD, a test and inspection firm.