As the world lithium resources are not endless and fossil fuel is fading away, scientists are working in overdrive mode to improve hydrogen fuel as the near future power source for electric cars.
A major problem with hydrogen is to overcome the limited efficiency of the current storage models.
Now it looks like scientists at the University of Michigan made a huge step forward in solving this boundary.
The researchers discovered a way to scram a significantly increased amount of hydrogen into smaller storage structures.
Metal-organic frameworks, with a high energy density, make it visible to store a large amount of hydrogen on board.
This opens the door to a further extension of the hydrogen vehicle driving range.
The future looks bright for hydrogen powered cars since we are talking about a zero emission power source that emits water only. Hydrogen is far more common as lithium is. Chances are zero that there ever will be a supply issue
But there are still some frontiers to overcome.
Another question to overcome is how to get hydrogen at the gas station. Should we transport hydrogen in a liquid form in trucks or through a pipeline system.
It is without any doubt that the next generation electric vehicles will not be powered by batteries but hydrogen instead.
Scientists are convinced that the performance of lithium ion batteries is already at a maximum. They assume we are on the ceiling of what batteries can deliver.
Therefore we should refrain from battery technology the soonest.
Worldwide, a growing number of fire incidents with electric vehicles are reported. The high voltage technology, continuously present through the -always on- batteries, makes assistance during accidents on the road and even in the parking mode a risky operation.
The limited mileage and not to forget the eyebrow raising environmental issues that come with the production of the very toxic lithium ion batteries are pushing carmakers and scientists over new frontiers.
It is impossible to power all cars around the globe with lithium ion batteries. This will cause an environmental disaster of unseen proportions.
Not to forget that power grid operators are warning they cannot deliver as the infra structure in America and Europe is not ready for massive demand. It is an illusion that this issue can be addressed within a visible time frame. At least not in the next decades.
While time is running out for fossil fuels and lithium as well, the solution is Hydrogen as power source to replace battery technology.
It’s not CO2 but a looming shortage of fossil fuel. Last week it emerged that the output of Saudi Arabia’s largest oil fields has, again, dropped significantly.
CO2 levels in the atmosphere are not dangerously high at all.
Companies extracting carbon from the air to turn into oil and other products are struggling because of – as they complain- the comparatively low concentrations of CO2 in the air make it difficult to design efficient machines to remove the gas.
Unmistakably, we should save the last oil resources in this world for other purposes instead of bluntly burning it.
BMW as well as American and Japanese carmakers believe in hydrogen as power source. They are convinced that it is not “if” but “when” the hydrogen powered electric car will replace the current fossil fuel and battery powered vehicles.