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Viritech Issues A Call To Action For Hydrogen In The United Kingdom

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Daily Research Reporting.

This is the first paragraph.

According to Viritech, adopting clean hydrogen innovation to power road, air, and marine transportation offers the UK a major potential to retake a global engineering pioneering role, create an economic premium, and secure a key environmental dividend. The firm makes the case in its Call to Action for accelerated public and private sector commitment to groundbreaking technology with the potential to restore the UK’s leadership role in the automotive industry while also making a strong dedication to decarbonizing the difficult-to-reduce heavy freight segments of the transportation mix.

I’ll go along with what Viritech says.

Three things caught my eye in the article.

The first is the picture of a car, which I assume is hydrogen-powered.

I also liked this paragraph, which gives a prediction about how batteries and hydrogen will play out their competition.

“Hydrogen is a critical component of the zero-emissions puzzle,” said Jay Nagley, a seasoned automotive pundit from Viritech. “Batteries cannot do everything, and there are many use cases, particularly in heavy freight applications like heavy cargo vehicles, where batteries solely are not the answer to replacing fossil fuels. A dual-track method combining hydrogen and batteries, on the other hand, offers a full range of possibilities for achieving this goal. While batteries will be the primary source of growth in the early 2020s, the hydrogen powertrains will become the primary source of growth in the late 2020s.”

I agree with Jay Nagley.

The last point is only a few words.

Structural graphene pressure vessels.

That sounds to be just the ticket to reduce the size of hydrogen tanks.


Viritech could be one to watch.

August 11, 2021 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. Viritech; no accounts, no capital, no charges filed and still only 9 months old. Company officers who are/have been involved in a number of start up companies/AIM companies (two of which I’ve been following).
    Not sure I’ll be following Viritech in future, but thanks for the heads up, I may take a different view of the two AIM prospects, especially the British Graphene enterprise

    Comment by fammorris | August 12, 2021 | Reply

    • If I have one problem with hydrogen, it is that all hydrogen-powered products are a bit boring. I have ridden in a hydrogen train in Germany and although it works well, it doesn’t jump out at you and say I’m better than anything else. I suspect it’s because it has a noisy mechanical transmission and we’re all used to travelling in trains with nice quiet electrical transmissions.

      Wrightbus’s hydrogen bus is no different to there other buses to the passenger and although well-designed could be better with the flat floor of the Routemaster.

      Hydrogen needs to develop a few less boring products.

      The only non-boring hydrogen product I’ve seen that is non-boring was the Porterbrook-Birmingham University hydrogen train, which seems to have squeezed all the powertrain underneath.

      Alstom’s Breeze, with half the train taken up with hydrogen tanks, is an awful design and will be about as successful as a Sinclair C5.

      One thing about Viritech is there designs weren’t boring.

      Comment by AnonW | August 12, 2021 | Reply

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