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FuelCellsWorks Looks Back at 2022 with the Top 22 Stories

By January 4, 2023 12   min read  (1840 words)

January 4, 2023 |

Fuel Cells Works, FuelCellsWorks Looks Back at 2022 with the Top 22 Stories

As we reflect on 2022, it’s clear that hydrogen and fuel cells have made significant progress over the last year. Our readers have shown particular interest in these technologies, as evidenced by the popularity of related news stories.

Some people may still continue to believe that pure electric battery vehicles will ultimately come out on top in the race for dominance, but the reality is that there is room for both technologies to coexist and thrive. 2022 once again, has proven to many skeptics that hydrogen and fuel cell technology is not just a passing fad, but a viable and growing sector that is here to stay.

2022 Top Stories in FuelCellsWorks Chosen by our Readers

 

1. Korean Scientists Develop New Material That Produces 20 Times More Hydrogen Than Traditional Methods

Fuel Cells Works, S. Korean Scientists Develop New Material That Produces 20 Times More Hydrogen Than Traditional Methods

South Korean researchers have found a way to produce hydrogen more cheaply using materials for the electrolysis process that cost a lot less than the standard material, platinum.

If hydrogen is the fuel of the future, because it’s eco-friendly, then this could make it more economical too. Jeong Eun-joo explains.

2. World’s First Hydrogen Train With a Speed of 160 Kilometers Per Hour Rolled Out in China

Fuel Cells Works, https://fuelcellsworks.com/news/worlds-first-hydrogen-train-with-a-speed-of-160-kilometers-per-hour-rolled-out-in-china/

On December 28th, the world’s first hydrogen-powered urban train with independent intellectual property rights, developed jointly by CRRC Changchun and Chengdu Railway Group, rolled off the assembly line at the Chengdu CRRC Changchun production base in Xinjin, Chengdu.

3. ‘Significant Breakthrough’ Achieved in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Fuel Cells Works, ‘Significant Breakthrough’ Achieved in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Researchers at the Schulich School of Engineering have made what they’re calling a significant breakthrough toward creating higher-performance and lower-cost fuel cells to convert hydrogen into electricity.

4. What’s the Future of Vehicles: Hydrogen or Electric?

Fuel Cells Works, What’s the Future of Vehicles: Hydrogen or Electric?

The future of the automotive industry lies in sustainability. Consumers seek to reduce their carbon footprint, and a significant way to do that is with eco-friendly vehicles. Governments and other ruling bodies like the European Union are moving away from fossil-fueled cars. The next question is, what does the future of vehicles hold? Will people be using more hydrogen or electric cars?

5. The New Hydrogen Car That Travels 2,000 Kilometers With a Single Tank

Fuel Cells Works, The New Hydrogen Car That Travels 2,000 Kilometers With a Single Tank

Volkswagen is working on a new fuel cell that is much cheaper than the current ones and promises hydrogen cars that can travel 2,000 kilometers on a single tank.

Volkswagen has just applied for the registration of a patent for a new hydrogen fuel cell that, in addition to being cheaper than the current ones , will be able, according to its creators, to give cars a range of up to 2,000 kilometers without refueling.

6. ‘Gold Hydrogen’ Is an Untapped Resource in Depleted Oil Wells

Fuel Cells Works, https://fuelcellsworks.com/news/gold-hydrogen-is-an-untapped-resource-in-depleted-oil-wells/

The fuel can be produced by adding bacteria to spent drill holes—meaning there are thousands of potential hydrogen sources worldwide.

There was no prospect of getting any more oil out of the old well. It was just a depleted cavern hiding beneath the sun-baked Texas soil. But then some folks came along and squirted a special liquid into it. They went away for five days, and when they came back it was no longer an oil well. It had transformed into a hydrogen source.

7. By 2023, Green Hydrogen will Cost Less Than Diesel

Fuel Cells Works, By 2023, Green Hydrogen will Cost Less Than Diesel

The development of electric vehicles is seen by some as an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while others believe that green hydrogen can help reach climate change targets.

Green hydrogen is viewed as an excellent means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, especially heavy-duty transportation. Due to the renewable energy source, the component is expensive and inefficient.

8. Hydrogen: Researchers Create Green Fuel With the Flip of a Light Switch 

Fuel Cells Works, Hydrogen: Researchers Create Green Fuel With the Flip of a Light Switch

Researchers at Princeton and Rice universities have combined iron, copper, and a simple LED light to demonstrate a low-cost technique that could be key to distributing hydrogen, a fuel that packs high amounts of energy with no carbon pollution.

9. New Iron Catalyst Could – Finally! – Make Hydrogen Fuel Cells Affordable

Fuel Cells Works, New Iron Catalyst Could – Finally! – Make Hydrogen Fuel Cells Affordable

Study shows the low-cost catalyst can be a viable alternative to platinum that has stymied commercialization of the eco-friendly fuel for decades because it’s so expensive.

10. Hydrogen Cost-Parity With Diesel Cut by Up to Eight Years With New Loop Energy Fuel Cell

 

Fuel Cells Works, Hydrogen Cost-Parity With Diesel Cut by Up to Eight Years With New Loop Energy Fuel Cell

VANCOUVER, British Columbia & HANNOVER, Germany — Loop Energy™ (TSX: LPEN), a designer and manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells for commercial mobility, will unveil its landmark 120 kW fuel cell system at IAA Transportation 2022 in Hannover, Germany, today.

11. Ballard Power : Fuel Cell Price to Drop 70-80% as Production Volume Scales

Fuel Cells Works, Ballard Power : Fuel Cell Price to Drop 70-80% as Production Volume Scales

The cost of fuel cell vehicles has been falling dramatically for years. And it will continue to drop within the next decade and beyond.

In today’s article, we’ll share what factors are driving this price reduction. You’ll also learn what Ballard is doing to ensure fuel cell vehicles are cost-competitive with battery electric and diesel vehicles by 2030.

12. Trucking World Endorses Toyota’s Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cells as a Step Toward a Cleaner Planet

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Toyota’s recently completed pilot project at the Port of Los Angeles provides a playbook for the coming revolution in zero-emissions transportation. Just listen to the truckers.

13. Green Ammonia and Hydrogen Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels

Fuel Cells Works, Green Ammonia and Hydrogen Now Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels

Hydrofuel’s licensing of Micro Ammonia Production System (MAPS) from Georgia Tech to combine with its Kontak Hydrogen from Ammonia Separation Modules

Our mission to provide Green Hydrogen from ammonia to end users with lower costs and life cycle pollution than any other fuel is now within our reach”— Greg Vezina, Hydrofuel Canada Chairman and CEO

14. The First Land Rover Defender Equipped With a Hydrogen Fuel Cell System Is Now a Reality

Fuel Cells Works, https://fuelcellsworks.com/news/the-first-land-rover-defender-equipped-with-a-hydrogen-fuel-cell-system-is-now-a-reality/

Taking advantage of an event held in the United Kingdom, the British Jaguar Land Rover has presented the first sample of the work it is carrying out and which will form part of the alternatives to 100% electric powertrains. It is a Land Rover Defender equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system that the British group has co-developed with various companies in the country.

15. Hydrogen Combustion Engines Are Coming…

Fuel Cells Works, Hydrogen Combustion Engines Are Coming…

Hydrogen combustion engines are coming to the zero-emission vehicle party, and, in some cases, are dressed rather well for the occasion.

16. Fawzi Al-Anja, the Moroccan Who Revolutionized the Hydrogen Car

Fuel Cells Works, Fawzi Al-Anja, the Moroccan Who Revolutionized the Hydrogen Car

“When I said I wanted to create a new car brand, people thought I was crazy! But it is a dream come true today.” These are the words that Fawzi Al-Anja said on the occasion of the presentation ceremony of a prototype of a new group of hydrogen-powered cars called NamX in Turin (Italy). The first prototypes of this revolutionary car will be announced in three years.

17. Liquid Ammonia Is the Carbon-Free Fuel of Choice for Aviation H2 for Its Hydrogen Powered Aircraft

Fuel Cells Works, Liquid Ammonia Is the Carbon-Free Fuel of Choice for Aviation H2 for Its Hydrogen Powered Aircraft

Special Report: Following a three-month feasibility study, Aviation H2 has selected the use of liquid ammonia to turbofan combustion as the best route to carbon-free flight and will soon start modifying turbofan engines to test and prove the concept.

After launching a capital raise, the company says the results from their studies were very positive.

18. New Zealand’s First Hydrogen Trucks Hit the Road

Fuel Cells Works, As the first hydrogen-fuelled trucks enter the country, getting the right infrastructure in place is a delicate balance Five hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks are hitting the road to begin changing the face – and exhaust – of the country’s heavy freight network.

As the first hydrogen-fuelled trucks enter the country, getting the right infrastructure in place is a delicate balance

Five hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks are hitting the road to begin changing the face – and exhaust – of the country’s heavy freight network.

19. Could Solid-State Hydrogen Storage Be a Serious Alternative to Batteries?

Fuel Cells Works, This medium releases 99.99 percent pure hydrogen, which could power electrical grids, hydrogen fuel cells, cars, or hydrogen-injected diesel trucks. Former computer-chip manufacturing engineer Paul Smith founded Plasma Kinetics in 2008. The Arizona-​based startup has developed “solid-state” hydrogen storage, essentially transferring the gas onto a proprietary film wound in many layers inside a canister. He says the tech could challenge batteries in both efficiency and environmental friendliness.

This medium releases 99.99 percent pure hydrogen, which could power electrical grids, hydrogen fuel cells, cars, or hydrogen-injected diesel trucks.

Former computer-chip manufacturing engineer Paul Smith founded Plasma Kinetics in 2008. The Arizona-​based startup has developed “solid-state” hydrogen storage, essentially transferring the gas onto a proprietary film wound in many layers inside a canister. He says the tech could challenge batteries in both efficiency and environmental friendliness.}

20. Solar Panels that May Revolutionize Hydrogen Production

Fuel Cells Works, Solar Panels that May Revolutionize Hydrogen Production

Researchers from KU Leuven have developed groundbreaking hydrogen panels that are highly regarded worldwide. A number of these panels have recently been placed on the green roof of the Fluxys laboratory in Anderlecht.

21. Hyzon Fuel Cell Truck Impresses With Power and Zero Emissions

Fuel Cells Works, Hyzon Fuel Cell Truck Impresses With Power and Zero Emissions

In addition to testing Hyzon’s Class 8 fuel cell shown here at the Advanced Clean Transportation Expo, Southern California-based Total Transportation Services Inc. has also been testing Toyota/Paccar fuel cells in two Kenworth T680s. They’ve also tested fuel cell trucks from Transpower, US Hybrid and an earlier fuel cell truck from Kenworth. In December, TTSI announced the addition of an all-electric Nikola Tre to their zero emission line-up.

22. Nine of the Largest Green Hydrogen Projects 2022

Fuel Cells Works, Nine of the Largest Green Hydrogen Projects 2022

The global green hydrogen pipeline alone exceeds 250GW, 200 times the power produced in 2020. Clearly, there is a huge potential for this zero carbon fuel. And the future for green H2 looks even bigger.

Looking Forward to 2023

Hydrogen and fuel cells are poised for even greater expansion in 2023. As concerns about climate change and the need for cleaner energy sources continue to grow, more and more companies are exploring the use of hydrogen, particularly green hydrogen, as a viable energy source. The potential for hydrogen to play a significant role in the energy mix is no longer a futuristic possibility, but a current reality.

At FuelCellsWorks, we are committed to providing our readers with comprehensive coverage of all the latest hydrogen fuel cell news. We understand the importance of staying up-to-date on the latest developments in this rapidly-evolving field, and we are dedicated to bringing you the information you need to stay informed.

We are grateful to our readers and members for their support and for making our platform the leading source of H2 & Fuel Cell news globally. Without your ongoing engagement and loyalty, we would not be able to provide the high-quality news coverage that we do. Thank you for helping to make FuelCellsWorks the go-to source for hydrogen fuel cell news.

As we look ahead to the year ahead, we are excited about the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to make an even bigger impact on the energy landscape. From transportation to electricity generation to industrial processes, hydrogen has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about and use energy. And with more and more companies exploring the potential of this clean, efficient fuel, it is clear that the future of hydrogen is bright.

There are, of course, challenges ahead. The infrastructure needed to support widespread use of hydrogen is still in its early stages of development, and there are still technical and logistical hurdles to be overcome. But with the support of government and industry, and the continued commitment of companies and individuals around the world, we are confident that the future of hydrogen is bright.

As we move into 2023, we look forward to bringing you all the latest news and developments in the hydrogen and fuel cell space you need in the year ahead. From breakthroughs in technology to new applications and uses for hydrogen, we will be there to bring you the information you need to stay informed and stay ahead of the curve.

Thank you for your continued support!

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