"In Transition" Blog
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association's "In Transition" blog will explore the role and benefits of fuel cells and hydrogen energy for commercial sectors in transition to a more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable future. Fuel cells and hydrogen energy are impacting and disrupting business-as-usual and present an opportunity for continued growth and development. The scalability, reliability, and durability of these technologies benefit a wide-range of applications for transportation, stationary, and portable uses.
We are launching our first post on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, observed on Monday, October 8, 2018. Future blog posts will be shared every Monday, so be sure to check back every week!
In the past few years, South Korea has emerged as a strong proponent of fuel cells and hydrogen energy. Between supportive government ventures and innovation from local industry, the country is positioned to become a global leader in fuel cell technology.
In her June 21, 2017 speech to Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II announced that her government would introduce an “Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill”. In the year and a half since the bill’s introduction, the country’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry has seen some impressive developments. Here are some recent updates in the UK, in both the transportation and stationary power sectors.
To meet the ambitious CO2 emissions reductions goal of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord, the Chinese government has invested heavily in clean and renewable energy in recent years. As part of this strategic goal, China has started to play a significant role in manufacturing and deploying hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
This week’s In Transitions discusses how hydrogen fuel cells can help ensure crucial signaling and communications equipment for railroads, motorways, and other transportation networks stay up and running when natural disasters and other emergencies shut down the electric grid.
While unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology has advanced substantially, fuel cells and hydrogen energy have shown that further improvements can be made to performance, efficiency, and run time.
Docked ships also contribute greatly to greenhouse gas emissions at ports by using auxiliary diesel power systems. Just as zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells can replace greenhouse gas-emitting power sources for ships at sea, they can also serve as an excellent Alternative Maritime Power source to keep ship operations on shore green.
The maritime industry’s reliance on fossil fuels extends beyond the water to the shores and ports as well. Fuel cells and hydrogen energy provide the long run time, quick refueling, and quiet, efficient power required to meet the fast-paced and constantly moving demands of ports.
Data centers are an increasingly vital component of today’s digital technology-driven economy. The growth in demand for telecommunications and computing capability has created a need for reliable data management, and with it, a market opportunity for fuel cells.
Fuel cells have begun to enter the APU market and offer the benefits of both diesel and all-electric APUs while mitigating many of the drawbacks. Fuel cells provide quiet, environmentally friendly power as long as a fuel source is available.
As demonstrated in Germany and soon in the UK, fuel cell technology provides a clean and affordable solution to rail electrification.