Future’s Cleanest Fuel
Hydrogen is the most common element on our planet and the universe. It can be used in various ways and is easily adaptable to multiple forms of energy, which is why it is touted as being the fuel of the future by governments seeking to lower the carbon emissions of industries in their jurisdictions.
Hydrogen’s Role In The Transport Industry
The technology behind hydrogen fuel cells is forging ahead at great speed, which means emissions-free vehicles are well-positioned soon to become the leading alternative for personal and commercial transportation. At present, emissions-free vehicles have affordable price points, higher performance and are entering the market in a competitive way. These benefits are bolstered by the refuelling network currently being developed in Australia to help push consumers towards hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Advantages Of Hydrogen Vehicles Include:
- Hydrogen vehicles have twice the endurance of battery-powered vehicles.
- Hydrogen can be used in aeroplanes in a way that bulky electric batteries cannot, meaning hydrogen-powered aircrafts and decarbonisation are now possible in the aerospace industry.
- Hydrogen-powered forklifts are set to outsell fuel cell-powered forklifts in the United States, with a projected 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles being used by 2030.
Technological advancements mean that hydrogen is expected to become the leading fuel for electricity generators. Hydrogen is replacing diesel because it can be easily transported, is cheap and quick to make and it has a low environmental footprint. In addition, hydrogen is a superior product, providing steady flows of electricity and more efficient power and is as easy to use as traditional fuel.
A range of industries, including construction and public health, are expected to benefit from transitioning to hydrogen generators from diesel. While communities in remote locations are also predicted to latch on to the renewable energy source that is increasingly gaining momentum.
The Benefits Of Using Hydrogen As Fuel Instead Of Diesel Include:
- Powering 41% of Australia’s transport and electricity generation in the Australian mining industry with emissions-free fuels.
- Stimulating the local economy, as the Australian Commonwealth’s National Strategy predicts that by 2025 will be a renewable energy source with commercial appeal.
- Transforming off-grid electricity systems into innovative renewable energy generators.
Decarbonisation of Western Nations
Hydrogen’s development into a mainstream form of fuel is one of the key initiatives supporting commitments by western governments to achieve net-zero emissions within the next couple of decades. In Australia, the production and use of hydrogen generators are projected to be one of the forces driving the transition toward clean, renewable forms of energy and away from high-emissions electricity in the near future.
Decarbonisation Can Be Achieved With Hydrogen Because:
- It is a zero-emissions fuel.
- It can wholly replace non-renewable fuels, meaning carbon dioxide emissions are reduced significantly.
- It is adaptable and can be used to support alternative renewable energy sources, including solar and wind power.
Hydrogen as a Support Mechanism for Renewable Energy
A key benefit of hydrogen is that it is not at the whim of weather or other uncontrollable environmental elements. In fact, hydrogen can actually be used to stabilise energy produced by other renewable sources and support their effectiveness.
Hydrogen’s Ability To Support Other Renewable Energy Sources Means:
- Electricity costs can be reduced to AU$27 per MWh in many locations by 2050.
- Hydrogen electricity generation systems are on a comparable cost basis with diesel-fuelled solar and solar-battery hybrid systems.
- It can be used for seasonal power storage, in response to demand, and to service other means of producing and storing energy.