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First-Of-Its-Kind Electriq Powder Manufacturing Plant To Be Built In Amsterdam

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the sub-heading.

The powder plant can provide a safe end-to-end hydrogen solution.

The home page of their web site has this bold statement.

Meet the Safe & Practical Hydrogen Powder

Underneath is this explanation.

Electriq is a hydrogen carrier that acts like coffee powder for a coffee machine – simplifying storage, transport, and use of hydrogen in off-grid applications and long-term storage.

Similar processes have been proposed for hydrogen in the past, but no-one has compared them to coffee before.

This Technology page gives a lot more details.

These two paragraphs outline the chemistry used.

Electriq’s Fuel and Release technologies turn hydrogen into a coffee-like powder form, then back into electricity through a proprietary catalyst and release system.

Our hydrogenation process reacts hydrogen gas with KBO2 to produce a powdery coffee-like compound (KBH4), ready for easy storage and transportation. Our dehydrogenation process releases the hydrogen – and KBO2 as a by-product – thus forming a full cycle.

The Electriq Release system uses a proprietary catalyst to release hydrogen from the Electriq Fuel, after mixing it with water. The dehydrogenation (release) process provides fuel-cell grade hydrogen and zero-emissions electricity.


  1. KBO2 is a chemical compound formed of one potassium, one boron and two oxygen atoms.
  2. KBH4 is a chemical compound formed of one potassium, one boron and four hydrogen atoms.
  3. As is with often the case with these processes, It appears that there may be a clever catalyst doing some hard work.

The Technology page finishes with a comparison with other methods of transporting hydrogen.

This Press & Insights page has more information on the company and some interesting videos.

It would certainly be something new, if you filled up your electric bike with a canister of dry powder.

But they have a video of that!


March 3, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 2 Comments

We’re Increasing Capacity At Oxford Station To Accommodate Additional Services From 2024

The title of this post, is the same as that of this news item on the Network Rail web site.

This is the sub-heading.

The rail infrastructure in the Oxford Station area is close to full capacity and currently wouldn’t support the start of East West Rail services from the end of 2024. Through Oxfordshire Connect, the station is being expanded and the wider area upgraded, bringing a range of benefits to passengers and residents alike.

I have a few thoughts,

East West Rail Services

East West Rail is aiming to get these services up and running. for Phase 2 of the project.

  • Oxford and Milton Keynes Central via Oxford Parkway, Bicester Village, Winslow and Bletchley – two trains per hour (tph)
  • Oxford and Bedford via Oxford Parkway, Bicester Village, Winslow, Bletchley, Woburn Sands and Ridgmont – one tph
  • Aylesbury and Milton Keynes Central via Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Winslow and Bletchley – one tph.

I suspect not all services will be delivered by the end of 2024. But extra platforms may be needed at Oxford station to accommodate services on East West Rail.

Direct Services Between Oxford And London

There are two direct services in each hour, between Oxford and London Paddington.

  • One service terminates at Oxford and the other service terminates at either Great Malvern, Hereford or Worcester.
  • Both services stop at Slough and Reading.
  • Both services are run by Class 800 electro-diesel trains.

Distances without electrification are as follows.

  • Hereford – 96.9 miles
  • Great Malvern – 76.1 miles
  • Worcester Shrub Hill – 67.6 miles
  • Oxford – 10.5 miles

Hitachi are developing a series of battery-electric Intercity trains, which I described in Hitachi Rail And Angel Trains To Create Intercity Battery Hybrid Train On TransPennine Express.

This Hitachi infographic shows the Hitachi Intercity Battery Hybrid Train.

And this Hitachi infographic shows the Hitachi Intercity Battery Hybrid Train.

It looks to me, that one or both of these trains could work some or all of the the four routes to and through Oxford.

A battery train with a range of 21 miles would certainly be able to go between Paddington and Oxford, with battery charging to the East of Didcot.

These trains could be running services by the end of 2024.


March 3, 2023 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , | 2 Comments