A couple of months after suffering severe electric power blackouts from storms disrupting the state’s renewable energy sources, South Australia was once again in the dark this week after another storm caused blackouts. A total of 155,000 households, almost 20% of South Australia Power customers, endured a prolonged blackout with some without power for 3 days. SA Power Networks has made millions of dollars of guaranteed service level payments this year to customers who have experienced ­“excessively long interruptions to supply” since storms damaged the grid in July, September, October and this week. Electricity security and reliability has become a political flash point in the state, highly dependent on renewable energy, after a series of tornadoes caused a sequence of faults including making solar panels and wind turbines inoperable.

South Korea’s six large electric power utilities announced they will spend $3 billion on renewable energy in 2017 and 2018.  The money will be spent on exploring new renewable energy sources and develop new energy systems. Approximately 38% of the $3 billion being will be committed to solar power, 35% for wind and 18% on hydrogen fuel cells.

Persistence Market Research predicts the industrial hydrogen market in US, Europe (UK. & Germany), and Asia (South Korea & Japan) is estimated to grow from US$ 13.6 billion this year to US$ 19.8 billion by the end of 2024. Hydrogen is used in various industries including chemical, electronics, glass, metal production, pharma and biotech, and welding and metal fabrication. The electronics segment is expected to see the fastest growth over the forecast period.

Germany announced plans to invest more than £209 million (€244 million) into hydrogen car technology and infrastructure in order to make the zero-emission technology a more viable power source for mass transport. The money will be spent on research and development, as well as the building of infrastructure to increase access to hydrogen refueling points. This financial support will remain in effect until 2026.

Business Insider reveals the 11 hydrogen cars in the works right now.

Car and Driver tells us What Life With a Hydrogen-Powered Car Is Really Like.

In the US, the Nikola Motor Company unveiled the Nikola One, the world’s first hydrogen fuel-cell electric freight truck. The 18 wheel vehicle is powered by a 320-kWh battery, has a range between 800 and 1200 miles, and produces 1,000 horsepower, about twice that of an average diesel truck. The company claims it will operate at half the cost of a comparable diesel truck. The truck will also feature regenerative braking, weight about 2,000 pounds less than a diesel truck, and have 2,000 foot pounds of torque, allowing it to accelerate with a full load much faster than a diesel truck. The company will begin delivering vehicles in 2020 and has plans to build 50,000 trucks a year. Nikola says it will solve the hydrogen supply problem by distributing its own hydrogen. The company has plans to deploy 364 hydrogen stations across the US and Canada within the next ten years.

The UK city of London is to be home to the world’s first double-decker bus powered by hydrogen.  The city has decided no more pure diesel double deckers would be added to London’s fleet of buses from 2018, and that all new single-decker buses used in the center of the city would be zero-emission. The hydrogen double-decker is set to be trialed on London’s roads in 2017 and will be adding at least 20 more after securing funding from the European Union.

Currently in the US there are some 15,000 electric vehicle refueling stations and 31 hydrogen stations, according to the country’s Energy Department.

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