POWERING THE FUTURE
Expanding the number of renewable hydrogen sources and
establishing more hydrogen fueling stations are central to a
sustainable energy transition.
The goal is to enable coast to coast trips for FCEV drivers.
During the next few years, more states are expected to
adopt ZEV regulations and standards and encourage hydrogen
Internationally, hydrogen is gaining support, too. In 2017,
the Hydrogen Council — 13 CEOs and chairs from Air
Liquide, Alstom, Anglo American, BMW Group, Daimler,
ENGIE, Honda, Hyundai Motor, Kawasaki, Royal Dutch
Shell, The Linde Group, Total and Toyota — formed in Davos,
Switzerland, with a goal to position hydrogen among the solutions for a clean energy transition.
The council agreed on a goal of reaching the 2 degrees
Celsius target in the 2015 Paris Agreement, and it committed
$2.13 billion annually to accelerate development and commercialization of the hydrogen and fuel cell sectors.
Hydrogen can be produced in gaseous or liquid
form in a centralized production or on-site production supply chain. Centralized production is typical,
although on-site generation can be favorable, as well.
Station location, hydrogen supply chain and distribution methods are a few factors that determine the
economics of the station and the delivered cost of
hydrogen to customers.
Hydrogen is used throughout the petroleum industry
to process crude oil into re;ned fuels such as gasoline
and to remove contaminants such as sulfur.
The U.S. produces some 11 million metric tons of
hydrogen annually. If this level of production were dedicated completely to the fuel cell industry, it could support
some 50 million hydrogen FCEVs.