Almost twenty years ago a guest lecturer told a high school physics class about the hydrogen fuel cell and the promises it held for the future of energy especially as it related to transportation. The theory was exciting largely because the presentation was in Houston, TX, considered the heart of the gas and oil industry. The biggest advantages of using hydrogen fuel cells were that it would be clean, quiet and hydrogen would be renewable. The biggest downside would be the expense of producing energy from hydrogen fuel cells. Not much has changed, but the cost is coming down due to technology. In fact, coupled with solar or wind technology, hydrogen fuel cells could become a very cost-effective energy source, greatly reducing the negative effects carbon fuels have heaped on the environment.
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Click below to watch video introducing Toyota’s hydrogen fuel cell-powered big trucks:
Toyota’s concept truck is making daily runs now at the Port of Los Angeles. The trucks have already driven more than 4,000 miles, pulling a progressive weight of cargo of 80,000 pounds. The only emissions were water vapor! Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are more expensive to manufacture than electric vehicles (like the Tesla). However, new technologies are even causing Honda and Mercedes-Benz to get in on the hydrogen fuel cell scene. The weight of powering a large truck with electric batteries has been prohibitive, with the batteries alone weighing more than the cargo load the truck would carry. Materials used in production of batteries, such as lithium, are not renewable. Just think of all the large equipment and generators on construction sites that could be powered using hydrogen fuel cell technologies, to say nothing of electrical companies’ truck fleets. Coupled with wind and solar technologies, the impact on the environment could be tremendous, especially with H2O as the only bi-product being emitted.
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