The world’s first hydrogen powered double-decker buses will be introduced on routes in London under plans to tackle air pollution, it was announced yesterday. Twenty of the buses, which produce no exhaust emissions, will be on roads from next year to curb emissions in the capital. The buses, built by Wrightbus, based in Northern Ireland, will run on three routes including journeys to and from Wembley stadium in northeast London. It will be the first time that double-decker hydrogen buses have entered public service although London already has ten single-deckers.
Times 11th May 2019 read more »
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Electricity has well known limitations, mainly for bulk and long-range transport, industrial processes requiring high temperature heat, and the chemicals industry. To entirely replace fossil fuels we need hydrogen, say Frank Wouters and Prof. Dr. Ad van Wijk. It has an energy density comparable to hydrocarbons. There’s more: Europe’s electric grid can’t cope with 100% electrification, yet hydrogen would use the existing gas pipe networks. The authors lay out a plan to deliver 50% of Europe’s energy from hydrogen by 2050. Done rapidly at scale, hydrogen would soon be as cheap as gas. It will also make Europe the hydrogen market leader: what technologies Europe (or anywhere!) masters first, it can sell to the rest of the world hungry for clean energy solutions.
Energy Post 7th May 2019 read more »
RESEARCHERS in Australia have received an A$3.5m (US$2.4m) investment to develop a system that stores renewable energy as hydrogen. The technology could allow for cheaper and safer storage for renewable energy. In collaboration with startup H2Store, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney developed a method that enables cheap storage and transportation of hydrogen with more than 90% efficiency. H2Store aims to develop hydrogen energy storage systems for renewable energy. With further development the researchers expect to provide an alternative for energy storage within two years.
Chemical Engineer 9th May 2019 read more »