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VTT solves challenges of making emission-free mobile hydrogen

VTT solves challenges of making emission-free mobile hydrogen

November 27, 2019 |

From Finland we have news that VTT has combined devices that produce hydrogen from water and electricity from hydrogen into a single movable system that produces hydrogen with an efficiency as high as 80–90%. The problem Weak efficiency has hindered the production of emission-free hydrogen and thus also the proliferation of hydrogen technology. Commercial electrolyser […]

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Splitting the Molecule to Power the World

Splitting the Molecule to Power the World

October 23, 2019 |

As the International Renewable Energy Agency observed of the next decades, “transport and industry will still require combustible fuels for many purposes,” and those “needs could be met with hydrogen, which itself can be produced using renewable power.” The opportunity is threefold, IRENA predicts:  Industry, where it could replace fossil-based feedstocks, including natural gas, in […]

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AIDA Cruises to pilot the world’s 1st fuel cell system for large passenger vessels

AIDA Cruises to pilot the world’s 1st fuel cell system for large passenger vessels

October 15, 2019 |

Last week, we profiled news from Royal Caribbean that their newest cruise liner, Icon of the Seas, would be powered via fuels cell technology as of the expected launch date in 2022. That was then, this is now. Now, Carnival’s German subsidiary AIDA Cruises said it pilot the world’s first fuel cell system designed to […]

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The 5 Need-Tos for a breakout in Hydrogen-based transport

The 5 Need-Tos for a breakout in Hydrogen-based transport

October 8, 2019 |

In 2022, Royal Caribbean Cruise line is going to launch their massive Icon of the Seas cruise liner — first of their Icon class of ships — and the 200,000 ton behemoth, one of the largest ships afloat for any purpose, will feature fuel cell technology, powered by natural gas, in order to conserve energy […]

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Two new Aussie projects debut as Australia aims to become a world leader in green hydrogen

Two new Aussie projects debut as Australia aims to become a world leader in green hydrogen

October 2, 2019 |

News arrived from Down Under that Australian Renewable Energy Agency provided $1.9 million in funding to Queensland Nitrates to assess the feasibility of the construction and operation of a renewable ammonia plant at its existing facility near Moura in Central Queensland. The consortium, led by QNP and partners Neoen and Worley, proposes to produce 20,000 […]

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Methanol vs Hydrogen: As Blue World gets underway on world’s largest methanol fuel cell manufacturing, who’s the best?

Methanol vs Hydrogen: As Blue World gets underway on world’s largest methanol fuel cell manufacturing, who’s the best?

September 24, 2019 |

There’s been a debate in recent years over methanol vs hydrogen as the fuel of choice for fuel cells. Now, both are energy carriers rather than energy sources — and ultimately, they have some of the same drawbacks and advantages — some of which go back to handling and safety concerns when used at scale […]

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This H2’s for you: Anheuser-Busch launches zero-emission hydrogen truck fleet, and Eni, Toyota, Venice partner to do the same

This H2’s for you: Anheuser-Busch launches zero-emission hydrogen truck fleet, and Eni, Toyota, Venice partner to do the same

September 18, 2019 |

In Missouri, cold beer is being transported in hydrogen-powered zero-emission semi-trucks as Anheuser-Busch moves to more sustainable shipping. The company plans to buy up to 800 of Nikola Motor’s semi-trucks to meet its objectives of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% across its entire supply chain by 2025. Why important? Deploying hydrogen, the powerful initial drivers […]

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380 mile range, no tailpipe emissions, 5 minute refuel: Is the Hyundai Nexo the world’s first great hydrogen SUV?

380 mile range, no tailpipe emissions, 5 minute refuel: Is the Hyundai Nexo the world’s first great hydrogen SUV?

September 11, 2019 |

Today’s let us have some driving fun — and visit the Hyundai Nexo, billed as the “world’s first dedicated hydrogen-powered SUV” which was unveiled last year at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show. With a range of 380 miles, and comes with a pretty good if not overwhelming 0-60 time of 8.4 seconds, according to Car […]

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Hydrogen-powered drones proving to be a powerful contender in the unmanned aerial vehicle market

Hydrogen-powered drones proving to be a powerful contender in the unmanned aerial vehicle market

September 10, 2019 |

In the United Kingdom, ISS Aerospace, the UK’s leading developer of autonomous aerial systems, has unveiled its modular hydrogen fuel-cell unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)— Sensus— complete with ultra-lightweight, carbon composite gas cylinders created by AMS Composite Cylinders. Sensus was designed for a range of surveying and environmental monitoring applications. Weighing in at just 7kg, and […]

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What are the realities for sustainable hydrogen in oil, chemicals and steel?

What are the realities for sustainable hydrogen in oil, chemicals and steel?

September 4, 2019 |

The International Energy Agency observed in its Future of Hydrogen report (here), that “ the technologies are available to avoid the emissions from fossil fuel use [in industrial sectors] by producing and supplying low-carbon hydrogen.”  Yes, hydrogen is used in vast quantities in oil refining,. chemical production and iron and steel production, with ammonia and […]

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