Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Advantages for the Automotive Industry
The automotive industry is currently undergoing a significant shift away from fossil fuels and towards more clean and sustainable solutions. One of these solutions is hydrogen fuel cells. Offering a promising alternative over traditional internal combustion engines, fuel cell stacks are the subject of intense research concerning their ability to power large and even smaller transport systems.
We’ll take you through all you need to know concerning the incredible potential hydrogen fuel cells hold for the automotive industry, including zero emissions mobility, longer-range capabilities, and quick refueling.
Zero-Emissions: Paving the Way to a Greener Future
One of the phenomenal advantages hydrogen fuel cell stacks offer over conventional forms of automotive transport is zero emissions produced at the tailpipe. While most cars currently in production burn fossil fuels in order to stay on the road – the zero-emission technology inside hydrogen fuel cells only release water and warm air as exhaust. If the hydrogen consumed in the fuel cell is made using green technology (such as using wind or solar energy to produce hydrogen) – any car or truck that uses this will be completely zero emissions.
According to the US Environmental Production Agency, 29% of all greenhouse gasses in the US are from the transport sector – and globally this works out to over 6.340 Million Metric Tons of CO₂ annually. This means that if the automotive industry transitions to fuel cell technology using green hydrogen, the potential benefits are enormous. Improved air quality and a reduced carbon footprint will help preserve the planet for future generations.
Extended Range: Fueling the Journey
Fuel cell stacks enable zero-emission vehicles to travel long distances. While battery electric vehicles also produce zero-emission – the range of fuel cell electric vehicles is far superior. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are well known for being able to travel long distances on a single tank of gas while offering a driving experience comparable to traditional gasoline-powered engines.
One of the main benefits of this extended range comes from fuel cell-powered trucks. While battery electric semi-trucks are equipped with extremely heavy battery packs, limiting their range (and requiring exceedingly long recharging time) – hydrogen fuel cell trucks offer the advantage of being able to be refueled quickly while having a long range.
Versatility and Flexibility: Meeting Transportation Needs
Another major advantage of hydrogen fuel cell stacks in transport is their ability to power many different types of transport options. While most people think of fuel cells as powering cars – trucks, boats, trains and even airplanes are some of the exciting transport systems fuel cell stacks can be used with. According to a report by the UK Department of Transport hydrogen fuel cells have the potential to decarbonize entire sectors of transportation, meaning sustainable transport solutions across a variety of industries and areas of society.
As the automotive industry transitions to renewable energy, hydrogen fuel cells have emerged as a promising technology. Their benefits include emitting zero emissions, having an extremely long range, quick refueling times and impressive versatility and flexibility. All of this makes them a viable alternative to internal combustion engines and battery electric vehicles – drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preserving our planet for future generations.