Hydrogen fuel cell mobility and grid-scale power-to-gas: ‘a modern fairytale’
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, October 07, 2015

The actual €32 million (US$36 million) Hydrogen Mobility Europe program was launched today, with Indonesia, the UK, the Scandinavian nations and France signing up with the purpose of expanding hydrogen refuelling train station coverage across the continent.

The best goal of the project would be to enable a network associated with infrastructure for hydrogen energy cell electric vehicles (FC EVs) and work has already been underway. ITM Power, the actual UK’s private enterprise consultant in the project, has in only the past couple of weeks signed a great deal with oil company Covering to put refuelling units within the forecourts of three petroleum (gasoline) stations in The uk and also opened the first refuelling station on a UK freeway, the arteries of the country’s major road networks.

“We’re interested in energy storage as well as that’s via power-to-gas (P2G) energy storage and also refuelling stations for FC EVs. They’re our two marketplaces, ” ITM Power’s TOP DOG Graham Cooley says.

The particular inception of a European system of refuelling stations, along with a UK policy to place dozens of refuelling stations throughout London, came as a great opportunity for ITM Power, that has also carried out two large-scale P2G projects in Australia which look more in the ability of the technology in order to balance the grid, in a similar fashion to how battery storage space is increasingly being used. The organization is also building fuelling channels in California and looking in further opportunities elsewhere. Are these claims potential hydrogen boom the good opportunity for the environment as well as for businesses though?

Professor Captain christopher Hebling, expert on power-to-gas technologies at the Fraunhofer Insitute for Solar Energy, believes that it must be certainly the former. He states that “in terms of the chance and the paradigm shift that is behind it”, the technologies could be a game changer. Considerably, Hebling says that within modelling greenhouse gas emissions since the early 1990s, experts have repeatedly found which mobility was the sector of one's to make the least progress upon emissions, compared to electricity systems, households, agriculture and so on. The topic has even more topical importance this week, given the thought that carmaker Volkswagen offers admitted to using "cheating" technology to dupe emissions tests into thinking a few of its diesel vehicles, including other brands such as Audi, had been emitting much less than they were.

In mobility, hydrogen has two key benefits over battery powered EVs. Firstly, the range once refuelled can be anything up to regarding 300 miles. Secondly, the FC EV can refuel in less than three minutes.

“With just these two features, higher range and fast fuelling time, this will open entry to all kinds of mobility, even busses, public buses and mid-class and upper-class vehicles where you want them to move two tonnes and much more over a few hundred kilometres, you are able to only do that with hydrogen, ” Hebling says.