Hydrogen fuel cells are emerging as a high-potential technology that offers significant energy efficiency and decarbonisation benefits to a range of industries—including automotive and heavy transport.
There has been an increase in the number of hydrogen fueling locations supporting the initial rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). With careful planning, the focus has been to add hydrogen fuel at existing gasoline stations covering regions globally. These efforts are giving early FCEV adopters confidence that they can drive normally and have access to hydrogen fuel wherever they go.
As the demand for the FCEV grows, the business case for building more stations with higher capacities improves and the volume in production of station components will bring station costs down. Hydrogen infrastructure is also developing for buses, medium-duty fleets, and material handling equipment. Unlike the FCEV public access stations which requires multiple locations to cover wherever a consumer travels, private fleet fueling requires fewer locations or even just a central location to meet fueling needs.
The first-ever Transportation Annual Technology Baseline consolidates U.S. vehicle and fuel technologies data for current and future markets through 2050, providing detailed cost and performance data, estimates, and assumptions for current and future vehicle and fuel technologies.
As hydrogen fuel cell electric cars and trucks grow in popularity, a new publicly available Hydrogen Filling Simulation (H2FillS) tool is laying the groundwork for the safe design of hydrogen fueling systems. NREL researchers, in collaboration with Kyushu University in Japan, designed H2FillS to answer vital questions about the change in hydrogen temperature, pressure, and mass flow when filling a hydrogen fuel cell car.
For decades, hydrogen has been touted as a promising source of clean energy, only to be dismissed for its exorbitant cost. Now, however, its price projections have plummeted and the element is enjoying a resurgence in popularity.