Hydrogen news – chronology

 Safety note: for double-decker buses, trains and boats (paper by L. Kit Heung   http://sti.srs.gov/fulltext/ms2003172/ms2003172.pdf);

Metal hydrides are used which store hydrogen in a solid form under moderate temperature and pressure that gives them a safety advantage. They require the least amount of energy to operate. Their stored hydrogen density is nearing that of liquid hydrogen, But they are heavy and the weight is their main disadvantage in some applications. Current usable metal hydrides can hold no more than about 1.8% hydrogen by weight. However much effort is underway to find lighter materials. These include other solid materials other than the traditional metal hydrides. Their operation is expected to be similar to that of metal hydride and can use the technology developed for metal hydrides.-

14.10.08: The Hebrides Hydrogen Seed project

Its aim is to establish a hydrogen economy within the islands. Its first fuelling station, installed by Air Products, will serve a pool of hydrogen-powered cars for the council in the first instance. The hydrogen will be produced through water electrolysis, powered by electricity from the council’s biogas generator. The project organisers aim to extend use of hydrogen to other vehicles such as forklift trucks and even the local fishing fleet. (Iceland has already made a splash with a whale-watching boat that uses hydrogen fuel cells to run its auxiliary engines). http://www.forumforthefuture.org/greenfutures/articles/Hebridean_hopes_for_hydrogen

13.1.2013 Birmingham Post: Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research

Birmingham University’s Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research was formed in 2000 by Prof Kevin Kendall and is part of the university’s School of Chemical Engineering. With its programme of research into hydrogen as a future energy source, the university is working towards making a low and no carbon economy a reality. is at the forefront of studies into the new technology, which is expected to revolutionise the automotive industry over the next decade and beyond.  Sixty years of research into fuel cell and hydrogen systems were recently celebrated with a seminar for guests from the academic and automotive worlds. Among the work highlighted was the investment in laboratory facilities that support research such as the production of hydrogen from waste, fuel cell electrical drives for vehicles and the use of natural gas in fuel cells for domestic hot water and power. Staff and students were joined by industry partners such as Microcab and Airmax Group.  Archived: https://www.thefreelibrary.com/City+to+lead+the+way+in+hydrogen+car+experiment.-a0317071650

20.2.13: hydrogen refuelling station in Copenhagen

The first hydrogen refuelling station in Copenhagen was successfully put in operation on 20 February 2013. The installation of the station from the arrival of HRS on truck until the first refueling took only 48 hours. The HRS provides 70MPa fast refueling according to SAE J2601 and complies with the specification as laid out in the report. The official opening of the station took place on 3 June 2013 in conjunction with the official handover of the fuel cell electric vehicles for the City.  http://hy-tec.eu/2013/completion-of-hydrogen-refuelling-station-in-copenhagen/

27.12.13: clean waterway transport

Following a post, The Ross Barlow: a zero-emission hydrogen hybrid canal boat, Professor Rex Harris, University of Birmingham, gave a Lunar Society Boulton and Watt Commemoration Lecture. He talked about hydrogen, rare earth magnets, sustainability and the role of the city and region, past, present and future, considering two major threats facing our planet: resource depletion and climate change. Both operate on similar timescales and both require urgent remedial action. He drew upon his own research on hydrogen and magnets and demonstrated that they are essential partners in any life-saving drive towards a sustainable society and showed why Birmingham and its environs could play a pivotal role in the implementation of carbon-free technologies by building upon its manufacturing and engineering history and creating a much needed manufacturing renaissance. Read more here:

2014: design of the UK’s first hydrogen-powered locomotive

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK Andreas Hoffrichter, The Birmingham Centre of Railway Research and Education, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Pritchatts Road, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK. Email: a.hoffrichter@bham.ac.uk. Development and design of a narrow-gauge hydrogen-hybrid locomotive Duncan Coombe Peter … University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK Hydrogen used as an energy carrier is a promising…paper. The vehicle is the UK’s first hydrogen-powered locomotive and is called Hydrogen…: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, 0954409714532921, first published on May 14, 2014 http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/colleges/eps/news/college/2014/Hydrogen-Locomotion.aspx

18.9.15: A zero-emissions refuelling station for hydrogen-powered cars

A zero-emissions refuelling station for hydrogen-powered cars – claimed to be the first of its kind in the country – has been built by ITM Power at the Advanced Manufacturing Park near the M1 in Rotherham. The headquarters of ITM Power, founded in 2001, are in Sheffield. The company, which employs about 70 people in South Yorkshire, specializes in electrolysers, and hydrogen fuel cell products. The refuelling station uses electricity generated by a wind turbine to split water into its constituent parts: hydrogen and oxygen and emits only water vapour. A hydrogen car could now fill up with enough fuel for it to reach London from South Yorkshire, the company said. Refuelling takes a few minutes and a full tank gives a range of 250-300 miles. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-34278051

15.10.15: Toyota, Honda, Hyundai hydrogen cars

Toyota Motor Co. wants to virtually eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles from its fleet by 2050, and is betting that hydrogen cars, rather than electric vehicles, will be the long-term answer. The Japanese maker recently introduced the Mirai, its first retail fuel-cell vehicle, and though sales have so far been measured in the hundreds, the target is to reach 30,000 annually by 2020, and even higher in the years beyond. A number of other automakers are experimenting with hydrogen power; Hyundai already offers a fuel-cell version of its Tucson SUV, and Honda will launch a retail model next year.http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e501e0b2-7353-11e5-bdb1-e6e4767162cc.html#axzz3oidE49ck http://www.nbcnews.com/business/autos/toyota-phase-out-gas-powered-vehicles-doubling-down-hydrogen-n444406

2015: Jeremy Corbyn manifesto commitment to hydrogen powered buses and cars

Jeremy Corbyn’s 2015 Energy and Environment manifesto outlines his plans for the UK to achieve 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030 – without fracking. He plans to put cities, councils, devolved governments and communities at the heart of an efficient decentralised energy system with measures including  a shift to largely renewably generated electricity and hydrogen powered buses and cars.

25-26.5.2016: Millennium Point: fuel cell & hydrogen technical conferenceFCH2 Technical Co

On 25th-26th May 2016, Millennium Point, Birmingham, UK, the university of Birmingham will be hosting a technical conference on the progress of fuel cell & hydrogen. The conference will showcase the latest fuel cell & hydrogen research and new developments, trends and deployment issues. It is the only UK technical platform and showcase for academia and industry to interact and present new trends and results to each other. https://ourbirmingham.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/millennium-point-fuel-cell-hydrogen-technical-conference/

1.6.16: London conference: Hydrogen: a fuel for transport and energy storage

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Energy Storage Report highlighted hydrogen as a potential solution, albeit one not without its challenges. Leading automotive OEMs are investing in the production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the IEA 2015 hydrogen and fuel cell roadmap estimating a potential global market in the hundreds of billions by 2050. How realistic is hydrogen as a fuel for transport and energy storage? And where do the key opportunities lie? This timely event will bring together experts from across the industry to engage with hydrogen – its barriers and limits, as well as its potential to transform the energy and transport sectors. http://events.imeche.org/ViewEvent?e=6341

14.6.16: Hydrogen Mobility Europe project

Following on from the Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) project, the H2ME 2 programme was launched this week. Together, these initiatives will lead to the deployment and operation of over 1,500 fuel cell vehicles and 49 hydrogen refuelling stations across Europe. Additional detail is provided in the project press release. For further information please contact lisa.ruf@element-energy.co.uk.A large coalition of European partners launched the Hydrogen Mobility Europe project (H2ME), co-funded with €32 million from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU). The project will support the deployment of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) and Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) across Europe. http://www.element-energy.co.uk/2016/06/major-pan-european-hydrogen-transport-project-launched/

25.7.16: Government awards £30 million funding for cleaner, greener bus journeys

West Midlands Travel, which has been awarded more than £3 million to fund 10 hybrid and 19 fully electric buses, and install electric charging facilities.Birmingham City Council and Transport for London have jointly won £2.8 million for 42 state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell buses. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-awards-30-million-funding-for-cleaner-greener-bus-journeys

28.9.16: HYDROGEN LONDON project findings published

Everyday use of hydrogen transport proven as practical and environmentally beneficial Full report now available. The London Hydrogen Network Expansion (LHNE) project, initiated in 2013, has successfully concluded and has published a summary of the project’s findings. http://www.hydrogenlondon.org/news/hydrogen-transport-receives-boost-with-successful-conclusion-of-4-year-project/

1.11.16: Alstom’s Coradia iLint

Germany is to introduce the world’s first zero-emission passenger train to be powered by hydrogen – the Coradia iLint. Lower Saxony has already ordered 14 from French company Alstom, and more are likely to be seen around the country if they are judged a success, reports Die Welt. Testing is set to be carried out by the end of the year, before it opens up to the public in December 2017. There’s also interest in the train from the NetherlandsDenmark and Norway. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-unveils-zero-emissions-train-only-emits-steam-lower-saxony-hydrogen-powered-a7391581.html

14.3.17: Alstom’s Coradia iLint trials

Alstom has completed the first dynamic tests of its Coradia iLint fuel cell multiple-unit. In trials undertaken on the test track at Alstom’s Salzgitter factory in Germany where it was built, the Coradia iLint has achieved running speeds of up to 80 km/h, the company reports. http://www.railwaygazette.com/news/technology/single-view/view/alstoms-ilint-fuel-cell-trainset-starts-dynamic-testing.html