Automotive companies such as Toyota, Hyundai, Hyzon and Peugeot have remained quite active in the hydrogen industry recently. Peugeot has announced e-Expert Hydrogen, which is a fully electric van powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with a range of 400 km. The vehicle will be available by the end of 2021 in France and Germany.
Toyota used motorsport to promote its hydrogen-powered vehicle by taking part in the Fuji 24 Hours rally race, completing the race with 35 pitstops and 358 laps. Hyundai Nexo has managed to travel around 887.5 km using 6.27 kg of hydrogen, the best consumption to date.
Meanwhile, Hyzon Motors has partnered with Sojitz Machinery Corporation of America (SMA) to explore a new market for hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles. The partnership will connect the fuel cell technologies of Hyzon with the suppliers and customers of Sojitz, which will help in the decarbonisation of warehouses and logistics business. The partnership will also focus on the development of fuel cell machinery such as forklifts.
Although automakers have already been working on the adoption of fuel cells, there is still a need for further developments in fuel cell technology. The US Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO) has awarded around US$ 1 million to Lubrizol Corporation for the improvement of durability of Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells through enhanced membrane oxidation performance which will add hours of usable runtime and more than 25% to the fuel cell lifespan.
PowerCell also introduced PowerCellution Marine System 200, low weight and high power fuel cell module specifically designed to be used in marine applications.
In the marine industry, Kawasaki Heavy Industry introduced liquefied hydrogen carrier, which performed a demonstration experiment by transporting liquefied hydrogen, produced from cheap coal mined in Australia, to Kobe City. The carrier is around 116 meters long and weighs around 8,000 tonnes is set to be commercialised by 2030. Meanwhile, Almatech and e5 Lab are also partnered to develop and promote the Zero Emission Speed Shuttle (Zesst), powered by hydrogen.
Hydrogen refuelling stations network is the key infrastructure to enable hydrogen-powered transportation system. In China, Sinopec has inaugurated a new hydrogen refuelling station in Jiangsu with a daily hydrogen refuelling capacity of around 500 kg and capable of meeting the demand of 30 hydrogen-powered vehicles daily. Jiangsu plans to build 90 stations in the province.
Continental and Zhengxing Technology also partnered for the development of China’s mobility towards a carbon-neutral target. Continental will facilitate high-performance pipeline solutions for hydrogen refuelling and hydrogen transmission, while Zhengxing Technology will support with hydrogen refuelling system and hydrogen storage.
HyGear, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Xebec, will produce around 130,000 kg of hydrogen in its decentralised hydrogen production hub in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and will supply it to a hydrogen fuelling station. It’s the company second agreement in the Netherlands for the supply of hydrogen to a refuelling station.
Total, a French multinational oil and gas company, has acquired 20% stakes in Hysetco, a French company dedicated to the development of hydrogen mobility. Hysetco plans to transit its taxi fleet to hydrogen by 2024.
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