http://www.itm-power.com/news-item/sale-of-electrolyser-plant-to-uk-government-agency/ also http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2013/12/fuel-cell-cars
Anyone know what the 'new government contract' is that was mentioned in the evening standard last night (half way down page)? http://www.standard.co.uk/business/markets/reckitt-benckiser-slides-as-its-drugs-fail-to-take-effect-8982845.html
Now injecting H2
It works and is running in Germany. Now lets guess how badly the marketing team works with this piece of news...
I like the article. I suspect it is pretty much correct and it defines VW's position (strategically they like to be second phase adopters). There are a bunch of things going on that would push back (but not refute) some of the numbers that he offers up, such as smart grids, localisation of energy, electricity storage in the gas pipeline etc. The critical issue of chicken and egg of lack of infrastructure and vehicles is the biggest barrier. Hence, the need to focus on California and the effort being put into green energy there. Germany has a particular set of problems, they need to invest heavily in smart grids, but all their money is being pushed into getting around using nuclear energy, as a country they have not invested heavily in repump hydro and so need to plumb into Norway/Switzerland more (Switzerland gives them a problem as Italy uses so much of their power) hence their focus on wind turbines (solar forgoodness sake) and hydrogen into CH4 gas pipe line storage. All this is made tougher as solar and wind now provides 20% of German energy and, lets face it, a foggy cold day in Germany gives them a problem. Of course they could look at this a different way, that the fuel tanks of German vehicles offer a major storage opportunity and turning them into re-usable hyrogen tank could be done in only a few years. The result of this muddle is a number of lander and cities are discussing taking back the control of their local generation and distribution systems, well they either pay for it as customers or owners. :-)
23 Nov '13
Hydrogen cars won't be marketable "until 2020", says VW http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motor-shows/hydrogen-cars-wont-be-marketable-until-2020-says-vw?
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