Anglo American Platinum announces launch of hydrogenious technologies’ first commercial hydrogen storage system and plans to enter the U.S. market

Hydrogenious Technologies to partner with United Hydrogen Group (UHG) to enter the U.S. market

One of Anglo American Platinum’s investments, Hydrogenious Technologies, a German hydrogen storage startup, has launched its first commercial hydrogen storage and logistics system using the innovative Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology.

The system features various new technologies, including a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer that generates hydrogen using solar power and a Hydrogenious ‘StorageBOX’ that uses LOHC technology to enable storage without any losses for extended periods of time. With the first demonstration of the LOHC technology on a commercial scale, Hydrogenious Technologies proves its technology leadership in the area of hydrogen storage. This achievement has recently been recognized with Hydrogenious Technologies having been awarded with the prestigious German Industry Innovation Award.

 

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Anglo American Platinum invests $4 million into fuel cell electric vehicle value chain

Anglo American Platinum has announced that it is investing $4 million to help reduce the delivered costs of hydrogen and support the development of hydrogen refueling stations for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in the north-east corridor of the United States. The investment in United Hydrogen Group (UHG), a hydrogen production and distribution business in the United States, is aimed at bolstering the demand for platinum, which is used in FCEVs.

This forms part of Anglo American Platinum’s PGM Investment Programme, which provides early-stage and growth capital to companies that can demonstrate the commercial viability of their products or of a technology that in turn consumes or enables the consumption of PGMs.

Hydrogen powered FCEVs play a critical role in reducing vehicle emissions and will drive increased demand for platinum by the automotive industry.

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Toyota aims to nearly eliminate gasoline cars by 2050

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions.

The automaker promised to involve governments, affiliated companies and other "stakeholders" in its push to reduce average emissions from Toyota cars by 90 percent by about 2050, compared with 2010 levels.

Electric cars weren't part of their vision, outlined by top Toyota Motor Corp. officials at a Tokyo museum on Wednesday, striking a contrast with rivals such as Nissan Motor Co., which has banked on that zero-emissions technology.

Toyota's commitments come at a time when the auto industry has been shaken by a scandal at Germany's Volkswagen AG, in which it admitted it cheated on diesel emissions tests covering millions of cars.

Toyota projected its annual sales of fuel cell vehicles will reach more than 30,000 by about 2020, which is 10 times its projected figure for 2017.

Fuel cells run on hydrogen and are zero-emissions. Toyota's Mirai fuel cell went on sale late last year. Toyota has received 1,500 orders for the Mirai in Japan, and it just went on sale in the U.S. and Europe.

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The most futuristic car you can buy

At this point, not many people know how fuel cells work, and since there aren’t many moving parts — no cylinders, pistons, crankshafts, etc. — understanding the process seems like a chemistry test. But in a nutshell, here’s how it works:

In a fuel cell, electricity is produced from a reaction between hydrogen and air. First, hydrogen atoms are compressed and stored in high-pressure tanks, two of which are present in the Mirai, together holding about 11 pounds of hydrogen at 10,000 psi. The hydrogen atoms are sent through a platinum membrane that separates the electrons from the protons. Those electrons produce an electric current that powers an electric motor-generator capable of 151 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. The newly liberated hydrogen protons are introduced to oxygen in the air on the other side of the membrane, which in turn creates water — about a half-cup per mile, says Toyota — which exits the tailpipe. And yes, it's drinkable.

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Automakers will build more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles could soon gain ground on electric cars in the race to develop zero-emission cars, according to a new report.

The auto industry is seeing a convergence of factors that make fuel cell cars more viable, according to the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.

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Hydrogen Fuel on City Streets

Once relegated to the realm of science projects, hydrogen fuel cells are starting to displace fossil fuels as a means of powering cars, homes and businesses.

On June 10, in the latest addition to mainstream fuel-cell use, Hyundai Motor Co. will begin deliveries of a consumer SUV in Southern California.

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GM reaches milestone with hydrogen fuel vehicles

General Motors has announced that its fleet of fuel cell vehicles has passed the 3 million miles traveled mark. The fuel cell vehicle fleet represents the automaker’s interests in clean transportation. 

General Motors has become a relatively strong supporter of hydrogen fuel cells in recent years, noting that these energy systems could lead to the production of vehicles that produce no emissions and cut down on fuel consumption. 

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Plug Power Announces 2014 First Quarter Results

Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions, today reported its 2014 first quarter results.

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Toyota abandons Tesla’s EV tech

In the wake of the auto industry collapse in 2010, Toyota made a move that many industry watchers applauded. It partnered with electric vehicle maker Tesla to incorporate its battery technology into future Toyota cars and SUVs.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Future

When it comes to the future of green transportation, FCEVs have a number of things going for them.

Hydrogen's energy density is about seven times higher than that of lithium-ion batteries, according to Toyota's alternative fuel comparison chart. 

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