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New Hydrogen Fuel Cell More Effective Than Diesel Engine, Claims Loop Energy

New Hydrogen Fuel Cell More Effective Than Diesel Engine, Claims Loop Energy
Loop Energy, a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells, claimed on Sunday that, at the current price point, its most recent cell system can provide better fuel efficiency than a diesel engine.
According to the Burnaby, British Columbia-based company, a truck could travel just over 111 miles (179 km) on $100 worth of fuel using its new S1200 hydrogen fuel cell system as opposed to just over 109 miles for an equivalent diesel truck, based on a pan-European diesel cost of $1.91 per litre on Sept. 5 and $10 per kg of hydrogen.
Since batteries weigh too much for electric trucks to be practical, major freight truck manufacturers like Daimler Truck and Volvo are investing heavily in hydrogen fuel cells as the automotive industry transitions to zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs).
The only emission from hydrogen fuel cells, which use hydrogen to power a small battery that drives the truck and generates energy and heat, is water.
Because they have historically been less efficient than diesel and because there is so little fuel infrastructure in Europe, hydrogen fuel cells have faced two obstacles to widespread adoption.
According to Nyland, the first of these problems is essentially solved by the new cell system.
"This brings the future forward," Loop Energy Chief Executive Ben Nyland told Reuters. "This product delivers the economics that are needed for adoption today."
Nyland stated that Loop Energy's goal is to give the fuel cell system to emerging truck manufacturers as well as include it in the hydrogen powertrains that major suppliers give to established truck manufacturers.
American engine manufacturer Cummins, which owns more than 20 per cent of Loop Energy, is the company's largest shareholder.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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