H2

The key technology of the future

Hydrogen is a key technology for the mobility of the future. Hydrogen (H2) is almost infinitely available and free from local harmful emissions. We have recognised its great potential and are therefore investing in research and development of this future-oriented fuel.

What is hydrogen (H2), and how is it produced?

Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe and is almost infinitely available, easy to store, invisible, odourless and non-toxic. However, hydrogen in its pure form hardly ever occurs, which means that it must first be produced for use as a fuel. Various methods are used to obtain pure hydrogen.  At present, however, it is not yet possible to produce hydrogen at low cost and in an environmentally friendly manner.

In Europe, electrolysis is the most commonly used method. In this process, excess electricity or electricity from renewable sources, such as solar, wind or water power, is passed through water, causing water to be split into its components, oxygen and hydrogen, and finally the hydrogen is captured as a gas. Another possibility is steam reforming, in which hydrogen can be obtained by adding highly heated steam to natural gas.

Advantages

What advantages does hydrogen offer?

Hydrogen offers tremendous potential and is therefore considered one of the most promising technologies of the future. As a fuel, hydrogen offers numerous ecological advantages that can help to make transport cleaner in the future. Since the combustion of hydrogen leaves behind only water as the residual product, there are no harmful emissions such as CO2, nitrogen oxides or particulate matter. It can also be produced from renewable energies and resources similar to bio-LNG.

Quiet driving - enables city centre tours and night-time transport.

Renewable resource - with endless availability.

No harmful emissions - such as CO2, particulate matter & nitrous oxides.

Achievement of climate protection goals - by improving air quality.

Lower fuel consumption - through high performance.

Suitability

Who is hydrogen suitable for?

H2 is versatile, so that the range of applications for hydrogen as a fuel extends from commercial vehicles, heavy goods vehicles and passenger transport to rail transport. The benefits of hydrogen for air transport are also being researched - however the larger volume of hydrogen compared to kerosene is still a problem at the moment. For heavy goods transport, hydrogen, with its high energy density and thus long ranges, represents a suitable alternative for the future. However, there is still a need for research and development to ensure efficient use.

Hydrogen can be used:

  • for HGVs
  • for cars
  • for buses
  • for rail

Availability

What is hydrogen's availability?

The current availability of this fuel cannot yet keep up with the availability of LNG or CNG. Likewise, there is still no suitable and comprehensive infrastructure. Currently, the production of hydrogen is very expensive. At the same time, the procurement costs for hydrogen-powered vehicles are very high. It will therefore take some time before the fuel reaches its full market potential. At Alternoil, we have long recognised the great potential of hydrogen to play a significant role as a fuel in road traffic and are actively involved in the development and expansion of the H2 infrastructure. 

More information

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  • Alternoil GmbH
  • Portlandstr. 16
  • 49439 Steinfeld
  • +49 54 92 / 55 766 - 0
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