The UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (UK HFCA) was delighted to participate in the World Service’s “Business Daily” programme on Friday. In an interview highlighting the opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cells in stationary and transport applications, key points covered included:
- Hydrogen and fuel cells have the potential to decarbonise both power generation and transport sectors.
- Hydrogen can be produced from a variety of sources. Even where it is derived from fossil fuels, via steam methane reforming, the outcome in transport applications is 35%-40% less emissions than a conventional diesel / petrol engine. If renewable sources are used, such as wind or solar, then there are no carbon emissions. Electrolysis is a widely used method to generate zero carbon hydrogen.
- Hydrogen is a high density fuel and, therefore, fuel cell electric vehicles fuelled by hydrogen can deliver the same range as conventional vehicles with the benefit of zero emissions. Furthermore, drivers experience comparable levels of comfort and performance.
- Fuel cells are on the cusp of commercialisation and include a wide range of applications such as portable applications which provide an effective solution for African / Asian markets where grid availability doesn’t exist.
The full programme is available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01tg2fx (starting at minute 7:00).
Dennis Hayter, Chair of UK HFCA said: “Hydrogen and fuel cells are low (or zero) carbon technologies which help decarbonise the urban landscape as well as offering high efficiency solutions for a range of markets. The wide variety of environmental and economic benefits delivered by hydrogen and fuel cells are being recognised, with major blue-chip companies investing in solutions offered by these game changing technologies.”