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Cummins To Build H2 Fuel Cell Innovation Center In West Sacramento

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

Cummins are one of the companies with a lot to lose, if they don’t replace their diesel products with a zero-carbon alternative.

They took over Hydrogenics and now they seem to be putting money into improving and developing hydrogen fuel cells and probably all the other gubbins to make them work.

I have worked as a consultant for the company and they are very happy to tailor their products to a customer’s needs.

This philosophy would work well with hydrogen-powered vehicles and stationary applications.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cummins grow to one of the largest companies in the field of hydrogen.

December 14, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 5 Comments

Opel Begins Production And Deliveries Of Hydrogen Vivaro Van

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Green Car Congress.

This is the first paragraph.

Opel has begun production of the hydrogen fuel cell variant of the Vivaro van, and has delivered the first one to the German manufacturer of premium domestic appliances, Miele. The hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will perform daily field service in the Rhine-Main region.

We need more hydrogen filling stations in the UK, so we can use vans like these.

December 12, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , | 1 Comment

Bosch Investing £800 million For UK Hydrogen Car Infrastructure Development

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

Hopefully, this will make purchase of a hydrogen-powered vehicle a possibility for more people around the UK.

November 17, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | | Leave a comment

Will JCB Dig The Whole World Out Of A Hole?

JCB and the Bamford family in general have form, where hydrogen is concerned.

  • JCB have developed internal combustion engines, that will run on hydrogen.
  • Jo Bamford owns Wrightbus and they are building hydrogen-fuelled buses in Northern Ireland.
  • JCB were an early investor in hydrogen electrolyser company; ITM Power.
  • JCB have signed a large contract for the delivery of hydrogen with Fortescue Future Industries.

I have just watched this amazing video, where Lord Bamford explains his philosophy on hydrogen.

November 13, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, World | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Hydrogen-Powered Ambulance Drives Into Glasgow Ahead Of London Trial

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on New Atlas.

This is the first paragraph.

Back in February, ULEMCo and industry partners announced plans to design an electric rapid response ambulance for the UK’s NHS Trust that would run on batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Now, the working prototype has driven into Glasgow to give global leaders attending the UN’s COP26 climate summit a closer look at the technology.

Surely, this is a good application of hydrogen power.

Could they be used in the scenario I proposed in Big London Hospital Was Close To Running Out Of Oxygen?

Hospitals would have an electrolyser, which would produce the following.

  • High grade oxygen for the hospital.
  • Hydrogen to power the vehicles and especially the ambulances.

Note.

  1. There would be no oxygen delivery problems.
  2. The excess hydrogen could be stored to use as an emergency power supply.
  3. Would it improve the air quality by the hospital?

I have checked with the world’s premier electrolyser company; ITM Power of Sheffield and my idea is feasible.

 

November 3, 2021 Posted by | Health, Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Linde Commits To Green Hydrogen For Trucks And Becomes H2Accelerate Member

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

  • Linde have already installed more than two hundred hydrogen filling stations around the world.
  • Now, it appears they intend to install a lot more.

Could this give a big stimulus to more hydrogen trucks, buses and other road vehicles?

It should probably be noted that Linde are a shareholder in ITM Power and have ordered several large electrolysers from the Sheffield company.

October 5, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , | Leave a comment

INEOS To Spearhead Formula 1 Hydrogen Fuel Technology Initiative With Mercedes

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

It’s an interesting concept to promote hydrogen-powered cars, trucks and specialist vehicles.

On the plus side, there would be all the environmental benefits.

But on the negative side there would be no noise and probably no smell.

If trials avowed it could be as exciting as Formula One today on a good day, I do feel it could be a way for the sport to progress.

June 5, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Sport | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Ford F150 Lightning Could Travel A Thousand Miles On Hydrogen

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

I have no interest in buying any vehicle, let alone a big American pickup.

But I found the article an interesting comparison between a battery-powered vehicle and what could be done with hydrogen.

They feel that the hydrogen-powered vehicle will have a longer range, a better towing capability and have better climate-control.

June 5, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , | 2 Comments

New Facility In Scotland To Turn Waste Plastic Into Hydrogen

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

This is the first paragraph.

Peel NRE, a part of Peel Land & Property, has unveiled its plans for a second waste plastic to hydrogen facility. This one will be installed on the River Clyde’s north bank at the Rothesay Dock in West Dunbartonshire.

A few relevant points from the article.

  • The facility will cost £20 million.
  • Input will be non-recyclable plastics, that otherwise would go to landfill.
  • There will be a hydrogen filling station at the site.
  • The facility can handle 13500 tonnes of plastic per year
  • The facility will use technology developed by the Powerhouse Energy Group.

It sounds like, we need more of these plastic to hydrogen facilities!

 

June 4, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

JCB Finds Cheap Way To Run Digger Using Hydrogen

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on The Times.

This is the first two paragraphs.

An operational hydrogen combustion engine developed in Derbyshire could speed up the shift towards zero-emissions transport.

JCB, the construction equipment manufacturer, said that the engine would be capable of powering heavy machinery and vehicles without producing any carbon dioxide.

As they have just modified one of their own production diesel engines to run on hydrogen, this sounds like a major breakthrough of the largest kind!

The caption on the picture says this.

JCB says that the technology could be applied in trucks, vans, trains, buses and even large cars.

What about small cars?

Or perhaps, that market will be left to Aquarius Engines, which I wrote about in New Hydrogen Engine Design Unveiled To Overcome Reliance On Fuel Cells.

You wait months for a major breakthrough in hydrogen propulsion to come along and then two ideas come along in one day.

The article gets better as you read it fully, which I suggest you do.

  • It appears, that development only started last July.
  • The engines are based on their current JCB diesel engines.
  • Emissions include water, no CO2 and practically zero levels of NOx.

The article says this about costs.

It is thought that the hydrogen engines will cost about £10,000 each; costs will be kept down by using the same production lines and many of the same components as diesel engines. By comparison a prototype hydrogen fuel cell system, which is being adapted for a 20-tonne excavator as part of another JCB trial, will cost about £100,000. Batteries needed to power such a machine would probably cost in the region of £160,000, the company said.

When you consider that family member; Joe Bamford owns Wrightbus, I would expect that you’ll see a development of these engines coming to a bus route near you!

Conclusion

I have made money backing developments based on the properties of fluid flow at the small end of gaseous flow.

There are some weird effects there, which are not taught in A-level physics.

Have JCB found how to apply them to create the ultimate zero-carbon power unit?

I’m certainly not ruling it out!

May 22, 2021 Posted by | Hydrogen | , , , | 5 Comments