Impact of Connected Vehicles on Hydrogen Convergence

By Zachary Alexander on

There are a lot of good reasons for those tasked with supporting sustainability to follow the development of connected vehicles (i.e. cars that support Internet access and internal local networks).  Many of you live in cities that could use the bump in infrastructure capacity and cost avoidance that these vehicles would enable. Others live in communities where commute times are long and serious accidents happen all too frequently.

However, what’s missing from most conversations about connected vehicles is any discussion about vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. These are mobile apps that hook stationary hydrogen fuel cell vehicles into massively distributed power generation (MDPG) networks much like those currently being developed using rooftop solar. The difference is no intermittency and lower incremental costs for homeowners.

The impact of not having to pay for standby power generation during peak times or natural disasters is enormous for all communities but especially important for lesser industrialized communities. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, a case could be made that it is worth early investment in hydrogen service stations to also not to have to pay for software to manage the new generating capacity provided by MDPG networks.

Zachary Alexander