Next Steps for US Hydrogen Convergence

By Zachary Alexander on

The only real hydrogen convergence success in the United States has occurred in the area of material handling. Both large and small businesses have been quick to invest in hydrogen fuel cell powered forklifts because they can operate longer than battery powered ones and refuel faster. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, this means that …

An Opportunity for Hydrogen Energy Storage

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A lot of very serious people like to talk about energy storage as a reason to fund more research on next-generation battery systems. Many of these people tend to confuse non-rechargeable batteries with rechargeable batteries. They don’t tend to connect battery power with energy production. Unfortunately, they see batteries as a magic device that delivers …

Will B12 provide a shot in the arm for Hydrogen Convergence?

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The primary difference in cost between traditional internal combustion engines (ICE) and hydrogen fuel cell power plants is the platinum catalyst in the fuel cell. This means any innovation which reduces the fuel cell’s platinum content will make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles more price competitive. So, the catalyst research being done in Taipei which uses …

SAE publishes J2719 Hydrogen Fuel Quality for Fuel Cell Vehicles

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As a sign of the growing maturity of the hydrogen convergence movement, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) released their J2719 standard for commercial proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell vehicles. In 2009, Secretary Chu tried to destroy this vibrant new automotive sector by defunding government research and development. Two years later, this sector is …

All EV’s Probed after Chevy Volt goes up like the Hindenburg

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Concerns have been raised because the battery pack from a Chevy Volt caught fire three weeks after side-impact testing at a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing center. Initial results show that any damage to a lithium-ion battery turns it into a ticking time bomb. Most hybrids will not be included in this investigation …

Horizon unleashes power of Open Source Hydrogen Fuel Cell Apps

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One of the things that has been missing from the hydrogen convergence movement has been the availability of reasonably priced hydrogen fuel cell kits. The PC Era owes much of its vitality to the initial sell of hobby kits. Innovation, unlike invention, is often the product of proximity. The introduction of Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies …

Hydrogen Convergence as an Environmental Legacy of 2012 Olympics

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Early support for hydrogen convergence by the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) may be the biggest environmental legacy of the 2012 Olympics. Examples include the announcement of hydrogen fuel cell powered taxi cabs and scheduling Clean Hydrogen in European Cities (CHIC) bus service during the Olympic Festival. This leads to …

River Simple (Hydrogen Car Maker) Announces UK Field Trails

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Next year, the United Kingdom will be the center of the media world because of the 2012 Olympics in London. We at the ebTDesign Forum suggest that next year may also be a hydrogen convergence tipping point for the same reason. The latest example is the announcement by River Simple (i.e. open source hydrogen fuel …

Mercedes’ F125 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept: Olympic Tease?

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Unlike many of the original equipment manufacturers (OEM), Mercedes-Benz has been steadfast in its support for hydrogen convergence. We at the ebTDesign Forum have always suggested that you and your peers respect their focus and lack of market confusion. Yesterday, they gave the car buying public something we can all applaud which is the F125 …

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week: Celebrating Drayage

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This year’s National Truck Driver Appreciation Week takes on a special meaning for hydrogen convergence advocates because of the work being done at Vision Industries in the drayage sector. Drayage is a term used by the shipping industry for short haul trucking (i.e., from ship to warehouse, from warehouse to retail outlet).  Vision Industries serves …