There is a noticeable increase in momentum in fuel cells and hydrogen, with European companies and researchers playing a key role. But where will the sector go in the future? And how can European players best be supported in this growth phase?
E4tech client GreenGT unveiled its pre-production Pininfarina H2Speed at the Geneva International Motor Show last week.
E4tech Director Dr David Hart’s response to a recent Financial Times article lays out some of the reasons why for Toyota, and for Japan, a hydrogen future makes sense. His letter, touching on import dependence and complementarity with batteries, is here. Learn more about E4tech’s work in Fuel Cells & Hydrogen here.
E4tech Director David Hart opened launch events in Cape Town and Johannesburg on 8-9 February for South Africa’s forthcoming fuel cell component manufacturing capability. Isondo Precious Metals is setting up a manufacturing plant for membrane electrode assemblies, the ‘heart’ of PEM fuel cells. The South African government strongly supports the initiative due to the potential for fuel cells to create value for the country’s platinum resources and to help support its mining industry, which held its Indaba conference in Cape Town at the same time.
Hydrogen could bring significant benefits to the UK’s energy system: heating homes and businesses, powering vehicles, and balancing intermittent renewables. This new roadmap provides an overarching industrial strategy for hydrogen and fuel cells to play a greater role in the UK’s energy mix. The principal benefits outlined in the report are:
Environmental benefits – Adoption of hydrogen and fuel cells will improve air quality today, and following the actions described could reduce UK CO2 emissions by tens of millions of tonnes per year.