ALL ABOUT HYDROGEN BATTERIES
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Hydrogen powered electric buses are becoming very popular. With exchange refuelling using high pressure gas cartridges, or liquid hydrogen cartridges, coaches and trucks might have unlimited ranges. This is sure to be a topic of discussion at the forthcoming World Hydrogen Congress in Paris, 22 September 2020.
The importance of future proofing the automotive industry against competing energy formats cannot be overstated, as demonstrated by the recent challenge by Nikola, versus the Tesla lithium battery semi.
Our system offers the advantages of the Nikola and Tesla trucks, with the added value that if these amazing vehicles were compatible, they might use either hydrogen fuel cells or lithium batteries.
There are of course advantages to both systems.
WHAT IS A HYDROGEN BATTERY ?
A hydrogen battery is an energy cartridge that is compatible with the Universal battery cartridge theme, designed to service any suitable electrically propelled vehicle, including buses, cars, vans, and long haul trucks.
Hydrogen cartridges can contain gas at 700 bar, or liquid hydrogen in combination with a matched bank of fuel cells. The gas version will give 270+ miles per exchange in a typical family car, like the Toyota Mirai. It is anticipated that a liquid hydrogen version will have a significantly longer range of around 470 miles.
The safety cartridges are stackable for vans and trucks, offering 1,000 mile ranges on long haul vehicles using the high-pressure gas example and and 1,750 mile ranges on liquid hydrogen. Please note that these are only estimates until the concept is proven.
Cartridge exchanges take just a couple of minutes at dedicated rapid, smart service stations. Spent cartridges are refilled automatically, cyclically, with hydrogen and stored until requested by other vehicles passing through the station forecourt.
The system provides additional storage for mismatched load-levelling of solar and wind generated electricity in remote regions, for use in cities in other regions. The service stations can return electricity to the grid when demand requires.
The proposed system is compatible with Pay As You Drive (PAYD) technology. This makes the purchase price of an EV much lower than other systems. You pay for energy and cartridge depreciation at every fill up.
The concept is set to disrupt much of the automotive world, mainly those who fail to react in sufficient time to move with the times.
There is likely to be a period of cheap oil as Saudi Arabia and Russia vie to capitalize on their fossil fuel reserves, but ultimately, diversification is where efforts are most likely to reap rewards in the long term, as hydrogen becomes competitive price wise and compatible with conventional battery technology.
WORLD HYDROGEN CONGRESS 22 SEPTEMBER 2020
The World Hydrogen Congress is the leading annual meeting place for senior executives working in the field of hydrogen production, transportation, distribution, storage, policy and end use applications.
The global energy markets are in transition led by the technological disruption of renewable energy power, digital technologies and the need to decarbonize the power generation, mobility and heat energy markets in the face of the rapidly evolving climate change reality. Hydrogen is a rapidly growing solution to decarbonizing power generation, energy storage, cost efficient drive-trains and most especially; industrial heat markets.
APRIL 2020 - China is promising more subsidies to shore up plunging electric car sales amid the coronavirus pandemic but set limits that exclude Tesla’s made-in-China model.
Companies engaged in the production of batteries and components for electric vehicles (EVs) are enjoying a bull run in China, as they hitch a ride with the first Tesla electric car to roll off the company’s Shanghai assembly. A series of events leading up to the unveiling of Tesla’s Model 3 in April 2020 fuelled investors’ interest in Chinese parts suppliers, including the companies that build charging stations, and even the miners of the lithium used in battery packs. As hydrogen begins to look like an attractive alternative to conventional batteries, OEMs that opt for hydrogen compatible platforms will not have to choose between energy mediums, if they are of the proposed Universal design.
If we want a practical solution for the next 50 years, to begin within the next 10 years, hydrogen has many obstacles to overcome, where battery exchange recharging by swapping packs is already making headway in China and India, and is sure to become more popular as a way of instantly recharging EV's and also load levelling generation from solar and wind electricity. One potential solution under development is a Dual Fuel service station where energy packs can include hydrogen as the storage medium. With such a system, instead of competing with batteries, hydrogen interests can work alongside battery concerns to build a comprehensive transport infrastructure.
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The Saxon Bullet is a current project that the Team, (Jake, Glen, Cleaner Ocean Foundation and Climate Change Trust) are looking to fund. The first stage in to complete the bodywork and interior trim. The next stage is to fit a hydrogen/fuel cell energy cartridge.
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