There is a lot to happen in 2019 for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to start a revolution, says Marius Schuster, the founder of HYDROGEN-SOCIETY and ARENA-INNOVATION.
The only emission of a fuel cell car, like the Toyota Mirai, is water vapor. It can travel 502 km (312 mi) on a single tank of compressed hydrogen (approx. 5.0 kg at 700 bar). When it’s empty, it can be refueled in just 3 minutes.
So, how will it conquer the globe?
At the end of 2019 there will be 100 hydrogen fuel stations open in Germany, many more in Japan and California.
Hydrogen may be the universe’s most abundant element, but it's not the world’s most abundant powertrain yet. Before the vision of a “100-year Hydrogen Society” can begin, a lot of work needs to be done.
The biggest hurdle for the fuel cell industry at this very moment is building the fueling infrastructure. This is also known as the "chicken and egg dilemma" in this context, which means that in order to have a fuel cell transport system we need the fueling infrastructure and for building a fueling infrastructure we need the demand for it - namely the fuel cell vehicles. The fuel cell technology is there, and the infrastructure to produce and transport hydrogen is there - our challenge is building dispensers to get the hydrogen into the vehicles.
One of the solutions to overcome this hurdle proved to be the start of the introduction of fuel cell transport solutions in local application, like for example buses or forklifts with fuel cell technology, hence a whole fleet can be serviced by only one hydrogen fueling station.
Through international collaboration among other automakers, station builders, academia, and government the fueling infrastructure is gaining momentum. In this space of alternative energy and electrification, it’s more international collaboration than a competition, because we benefit each other.
Needless to say that FCV or FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) do not exclude BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) technologies, as every FCV also contains the most innovative battery technology inside for energy recuperation during vehicle braking, power boost during vehicle acceleration and so on. Hence, both technologies rather complement than exclude each other!
Why is hydrogen the ‘energy source of the future’?
Hydrogen is non-toxic, odorless, lighter than air, and the most abundant element in the universe. It can be made from pretty much anything, which makes it both domestic and renewable. Imagine if our transportation system ran off a domestic fuel that does no harm to the environment. That should be our future.
LET'S BEGIN IN 2019 THE YEAR OF HYDROGEN!
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