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Hydrogen - The lightest fuel for the heaviest loads

Just 5.6 kg of Hydrogen can power a Hydrogen Fuel cell (HFC) car for 640 Km. The equivalent petrol or diesel cars need approx 50 kg of fuel and a battery car needs 500 Kg of Lithium / Cobalt batteries to travel the same distance.

In automotive applications saving weight is critical and the superior energy density of Hydrogen is a fundamental advantage.

A vital economic factor in the UK is our fuel duty tax which nets the government £28.4 Billion per year for road building and public services. This would be lost completely if we all drove battery powered vehicles! 

This fact makes the already environmentally damaging battery option a non starter from an economic stance.

In May 2022 UK diesel is over £8.00 per gallon/£1.76 per litre. Assuming an optimistic 52 MPG average, it still costs over 15 pence per mile in fuel to run an diesel car.

At £7.00 per Kg of green hydrogen, it costs under £40.00 to fill the 5.6Kg tank (in under 5 minutes) giving over 400 miles/640 Km range ie 10 pence per mile fuel costs... 33% cheaper than diesel!

The bottom line is green hydrogen fuel is cheaper and cleaner than fossil fuels and allows the government to balance the economic books for transport and public services.

By 2023 Norway aims to have​ 1,000 Hydrogen-powered trucks on its roads and over 100 Hydrogen refuelling stations.

This in-depth analysis of Hydrogen Fuel Cells Vs lithium/cobalt batteries explains the advantages of fuel cells. 

Bloomberg energy predicts 80% cost reduction in hydrogen by 2030. explains why they are rapidly developing the Hydrogen economy infrastructure.

Toyota reveals its stunning new 2021 Mirai Hydrogen fuel cell car, 500 Kg lighter than the  equivalent Tesla, the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has a genuine 400 mile (640 Km) all weather range, refuels in under 5 minutes and has a 100% recyclable fuel cell with over twice the life expectancy compared to the toxic lithium batteries in Tesla.

Hyundai Nexo Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle

Power without Pollution 

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCV) offer 640 Km range, 5 minutes refuelling for cars and 10 minutes for HGV's and busses. HFCV have double the working life of lithium batteries and no end of life disposal issues. HFC are 100% recyclable, use no toxic chemicals and are safe to handle at all stages of the process. The Australian government has just added 20 Hyundai Nexo HFCV to help decarbonise its fleet. March 2021.

There is mounting concern regarding the human and environmental costs of mining lithium, cobalt and rare earth metals for batteries, with an increasing number of major pollution incidents being reported. 

Recycling used batteries generates high pollution, consumes a lot of water and is very expensive as the process consumes approx 6 times more energy than it takes to mine new lithium and generates mountains of waste.

" The fuel-cell car is merely the car element of a much bigger energy vision to decarbonise everything. For that reason I think it’s worth pursuing." James May - July 2021. 

 "ROI from Green Hydrogen  returns £1.00 to the economy for every 18 pence invested"     Councillor Phillip Bell - Aberdeen Council.

Hydrogen on the high seas 

In their joint report on de-carbonising shipping, Lloyds of London and the University Maritime Advisory Sevices (UMAS) concluded that producing Green Hydrogen from electrolysis and combining it with nitrogen to make zero carbon ammonia is a viable and economical zero-carbon shipping fuel solution.

Hydrogen was less than half the price of methanol or biodiesel options and less than one-third of the price of lithium battery power.

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World-leading civil and electrical engineering group, ABB shipping propulsion director states -"Hydrogen fuel cells are relatively easy to connect with current marine drive systems, they are highly scalable and as modern marine drives are already electric, we only need to exchange the power plant"

“The Canadian Navy has had fuel cells in their submarines since 1993" This fact alone demystifies hydrogen as high risk – the last place you want a dangerous fuel is on board is in a steel tube hundreds of meters under the sea.