Hydrogen fuel cells could remove CO2 from heavy vehicles, says HMI

Using H2 to power transport vehicles in the near future could entirely stop the CO2 emissions they produce.

Switching to hydrogen fuel cells to power heavy goods vehicles could eliminate the carbon dioxide emissions they produce entirely, according to representative body Hydrogen Mobility Ireland (HMI).

The representative organization published the prediction in a recently published white paper.

The white paper was prepared in response to a decision by the government of this country to launch a public consultation for the development of a national strategy on green hydrogen fuel cells. It was published with a research paper on the benefits of using renewable H2.

HMI said of its white paper that it “demonstrates how the progress of other European countries can provide a useful model for Ireland, as it seeks to develop its own strategy for the deployment of green hydrogen. in public and private transport.

H2 has EU level approval. Portugal and France have allocated 7 billion euros to H2 production projects. In addition, an additional €8 billion has been earmarked by Germany for its own national H2 strategy. The UK has awarded £30million in grants to build 124 H2-powered buses for use in Birmingham. It also introduced an £11.2million grant for the development of low-cost technology to power buses with H2.

According to HMI, an investment of a commensurate size for Ireland would cover hydrogen fuel cells.

HMI’s white paper said investment in H2 commensurate with Ireland’s size and commuter population would put 6,000 H2-powered vehicles on its roads there by the end of the decade.

“I am delighted to be joined by Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan to mark the launch of HMI’s white paper and guidance document on the benefits of hydrogen,” said Jonathan Hogan, Commercial Director of HMI. “HMI’s guidance documents show that large-scale green hydrogen production will help Ireland reduce carbon emissions in transport and other industries, while creating significant opportunities for regional employment and by stimulating the green economy. Against the backdrop of the ambitious sustainability goals set out in both the 2021 Climate Action Plan and the EU’s Fit-for-55 package, and in light of geopolitical considerations, the need to diversify and securing Ireland’s energy supply has never been more obvious.

“Switching to cleaner and greener technologies is essential if we are to reduce the carbon footprint of our public transport system, and looking at all available technologies is essential,” added Eamon Ryan, Minister for Transport and the Environment. , when discussing the potential of hydrogen fuel cells in Ireland.