Breakthrough in the transport of hydrogen

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Electric vehicles are not the only contender in the race for alternatively powered cars.

While hydrogen-cell vehicles have the potential to shape the future of automotive technology in a huge way, the problem has always been the transport of hydrogen itself.

However, the CSIRO’s Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall says that the transport of hydrogen could have been solved by his team. Via a modular unit, bulk hydrogen could be transported in the form of ammonia, which could use existing infrastructure, then reconverted back into hydrogen at the point of use.

The CSIRO has developed a membrane, which can be implemented into current infrastructure, separating ultra-high purity hydrogen from ammonia, while blocking out unwanted gases, effectively solving the problem of dangerously moving bulk hydrogen.

Hydrogen powered vehicles are currently a big focus of car manufacturers including Toyota and Hyundai, local, state and federal government.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia has agreed to supply 20 NEXO fuel cell vehicles to the ACT Government as part of the Hornsdale Wind Farm project with deliveries commencing in early 2019, showing the ramping up of the manufacturers intention to roll these vehicles out.

Hyundai has a five year plan to introduce 16,000 hydrogen powered vehicles on South Korean roads, while locally in Australia, a lack of refuelling options and infrastructure remains a barrier. Toyota has plans to import their hydrogen powered car, the Mirai as soon as next year which has followed a three year trial on our roads and initiatives such as the CSIRO’s could see a much needed boost in the introduction of this emerging technology.