How the Irish and British got into the hydrogen fuel cell car business
The Irish and the British are in a race to develop a hydrogen fuel-cell car that can generate power from sunlight, with the first vehicles expected to be built in 2021.
The two countries signed an agreement in January last year that will see their national fleets of electric cars (EVs) join the British and Irish fleets of EVs, with a view to eventually producing hydrogen from fuel cells.
The agreement, which will see the two nations building on each other’s infrastructure, is the culmination of a joint effort between the two governments and the International Hydrogen Association (IHA).
The IHA was formed in 2013 to promote the use of hydrogen for fuel in cars and has since become one of the largest commercial players in the hydrogen industry.
IHA president and CEO David Cavanagh told The Irish News last year: “We believe that hydrogen is the future.
It’s the future of transport.”
The agreement is likely to have a significant impact on the global hydrogen market, with over 100 countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States, all committed to developing hydrogen vehicles.
This will be a huge milestone for Ireland.
In the coming years, the two countries will be in a unique position.
Under the agreement, both countries will build on each others’ existing infrastructure, including the UK’s Exeter-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) which produces hydrogen from the sun.
“It’s not just that we’re working together, but also that we have the same values and the same priorities,” Mr Cavanag said.
Mr Cavanac said that while the agreement is the beginning of a collaboration, it will also lead to a new era of cooperation between the Irish Government and the UK Government.
With the UK and Ireland in the same room, the potential for the two to work together on the hydrogen project is clear, Mr Cavagh said.
“We’ve been working together in the nuclear and electric vehicle field for the last 20 years and we’ve never really seen anything like this.”
This will allow us to really make the kind of progress we need to make, to have the infrastructure, to get it off the ground, to actually get it on the road, and we’re now at that stage where we are going to have to make a decision,” he said.
It’s a significant step for Ireland, which is looking to develop hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels.
IHAs director of energy, sustainability and climate change, Andrew Moles, said the agreement shows that Ireland and the U.K. are in the right place for the hydrogen race.”
In its announcement, the IHA said that the partnership between the countries will see both governments working closely together in order to create a “fusion of hydrogen” and “a viable source of hydrogen fuel for transport”. “
I believe it’s going to be an extremely competitive race for the future and we can see that happening in the future.”
In its announcement, the IHA said that the partnership between the countries will see both governments working closely together in order to create a “fusion of hydrogen” and “a viable source of hydrogen fuel for transport”.
“The hydrogen fuel cells and hydrogen vehicle technologies will enable us to provide a safe and reliable, low-carbon and fuel efficient vehicle,” it said.
IHAs new hydrogen vehicle prototype (Image: IHAS) The hydrogen vehicle, called the Fuel Cell Energiser, has a range of up to 80km on a single charge.
It will use an electric motor to produce electricity from hydrogen.
It will also be able to produce a “reduced emissions” fuel called Hydrogen Fuel Cell, which produces a low carbon and low emissions product, with less than one percent of the CO2 emissions of conventional fuel cells, Mr Molas said.
The Fuel Cell will be the first car to use the technology developed at NREL, which has a long-term plan to create hydrogen as a sustainable fuel for the electric car industry.
The UK government, in a statement, said that it is confident the partnership will see its hydrogen vehicles produce more than a million tonnes of hydrogen annually by 2025.
Last year, NREL announced that it had successfully produced a hydrogen prototype for the first time, making it the first hydrogen fuel car to be commercially produced in the world.
A spokeswoman for the IHAC said the partnership is “good news for both nations and good news for the wider hydrogen community”.
“The two countries are creating a global partnership that will help to advance hydrogen,” she said.