Hydrogen Fuel Breakthrough to Power Cars

By: | August 23rd, 2018

Hydrogen Fuel

Image courtesy CSIRO

Hydrogen as an energy source for sustainable transport has great potential. Some of the world’s biggest car companies, including Toyota, Hyundai, and BMW are betting on hydrogen fuel as the way of the future. Hydrogen-powered cars are already on sale in Europe

Hydrogen has been dubbed “the fuel of the future”

Hydrogen-powered cars convert compressed hydrogen to electricity to power their motors. Hydrogen is not only highly abundant in the atmosphere, it’s a clean fuel. When burnt it gives off water instead of carbon dioxide. Vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells offer faster refueling and better range than conventional electric cars.

But the commercial viability and safety of transporting hydrogen is a sticking point

Hydrogen is a highly flammable gas that must be compressed and stored safely for transportation to use as a fuel.

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) has developed a breakthrough hydrogen membrane technology to filter out pure hydrogen gas from ammonia.

Ammonia stores almost twice as much energy as liquid hydrogen and can be transported easily

CSIRO’s hydrogen membrane technology will solve the problem of transporting hydrogen. It can be efficiently transported in liquid form as renewable ammonia to locations where it can be converted back to pure hydrogen for fuel cell vehicle.

Image courtesy CSIRO

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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