The safety of hydrogen cars was an issue this week in autobloggreen, A closer look at the safety of hydrogen in cars and Pro Publica, Hydrogen Fuel Set to Take Off, But Safety Concerns Remain.-

Meanwhile, Hydrogen Fuel News says Hydrogen Powered Cars Face an Uphill Climb. This website believes hydrogen will not become a major player in the automotive world before the year 2030–at the very earliest. Hydrogen is competing against self-driving cars and other new safety measures in automobiles and the public seems to prefer safety over a new emission free fuel.

Maybe, someday, we’ll all own self-driving, hydrogen-powered cars.

GM and Honda are working together to try to reduce the cost of the hydrogen fuel cell system for automobiles we hear from autobloggreen. The two firms are hoping to make hydrogen vehicles cost competitive with existing cars by 2020.

24/7 Wall St. reports Walmart is opting for hydrogen fuel cells to power electric lift truck fleets at six of the retailer’s North America distribution centers. The company has ordered a total of 1,738 fuel cell units, to be deployed over two years, along with construction of the needed infrastructure, the hydrogen fuel supply and six-year service contracts for each site. See also The Trucker, Hydrogen fuel cells used to power electric lift trucks at Walmart distribution center.

Hydrogen Fuel News tells us about the world’s largest fuel cell park in Hwasung City, South Korea. The new Gyeonggi Green Energy facility can generate 59-MW of power. The fuel cells run on natural gas converted to hydrogen and are used to supply the energy grid with electrical power. They also produce heat, which is fed into a local heating system. The adoption of fuel cell technology is part of South Korea’s goal to obtain 10% of its energy from renewable sources by 2022. As the country does not have the land that is needed to support large scale wind or solar projects, fuel cells are considered an ideal alternative because they do not take up a large amount of space in order to produce electrical power. See also POWER, World’s Largest Fuel Cell Plant Opens in South Korea.

Research and Markets looks at the growth of the European fuel cell market to 2018.

The European fuel cell market is witnessing significant growth based on increased demand for clean energy and large investments related to hydrogen infrastructure development, especially in Germany and the U.K. In terms of applications of the fuel cell, the market is dominated by stationary applications due to off the grid applications and household applications.

The same site assess the growth of the North American market for fuel cells as well.

The US holds the major market share followed by Canada. In terms of applications of the fuel cell, the market is dominated by stationary applications due to the off grid applications and household applications.Ballard (Canada), Plug Power (US), FuelCell Energy (US), Oorja Fuel Cells (US) and Hydrogenics (US) are the major players, constituting the majority of the market share in North America.


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