Volvo said it will offer fuel cell electric trucks by the second half of the decade, while an airport in northern Japan has started work on a feasibility study for local hydrogen production. Uruguay, meanwhile, presented a new hydrogen strategy.
Volvo Trucks plans to launch hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks in the second half of this decade. The Gothenburg-based company has already started vehicle testing. The fuel cell electric trucks will have an operational range of up to 1,000 km and a refueling time of less than 15 minutes. The fuel cells will be supplied by cellcentric, a joint venture between the Volvo Group and Daimler Truck.
Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea has developed a technology to improve the efficiency of hydrogen generation by flattening platinum (Pt) on the surface of a double hydroxide (LDH) coated with nickel and iron (NiFe). “Platinum combines well with hydrogen and is often considered the best catalyst for hydrogen generation. However, since the water decomposition ability of platinum is low, research has been conducted to improve this ability by combining platinum with iron and nickel hydroxide,” the team said in “Crystal Facet -Manipulated 2D Pt Nanodendrites to Achieve an Intimate Heterointerface for Hydrogen Evolution”. Reactions”, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Organization for the development of new energies and industrial technologies (NEDO), a national research and development agency in Japan, has has selected a group of companies, including Mitsubishi and Toshiba, to conduct feasibility studies on the production and use of hydrogen at New Chitose Airport in the city of Sapporo. The companies will study the demand for hydrogen in mobility and heating at the airport, as well as the possibility of local production of hydrogen. The study period will end in March 2023.
The International Energy Agency (AIE) said the African continent has the potential to produce 5,000 megatons of hydrogen per year at less than US$2 per kilogram by 2030,” the Paris-based organization writes in its “Africa Energy Outlook 2022” report. . Several low-carbon hydrogen projects are underway or under discussion in Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia and South Africa.
Uruguay presented his news hydrogen strategyunder which it targets 20 GW of renewables, 10 GW of electrolysers and revenue of around $2 trillion per year by 2040. According to a study conducted by the government, in collaboration with McKinsey & Colarge-scale hydrogen production costs could reach $1.20 to $1.40/kg by 2030. Experts from the South American country are currently hold talks with their German counterparts.
LG Chemistry announced plans to set up a plant in Daesan, South Korea, with a production capacity of 50,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year by the second quarter of 2024. The hydrogen will be produced from methane gaseous effluents generated by Naphtha Cracking Center (NCC).
The European Union and Egypt have agreed to intensify their cooperation in the field of energy. “The cooperation will have a particular focus on renewable energy sources, hydrogen and energy efficiency”, said the Commission.
Juniper Research published a new study showing this the number of hydrogen vehicles in service worldwide will exceed 1 million units in 2027, compared to just over 60,000 cars in 2022 (+1,500%).
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