Sustainability News

The Gospel of Hydrogen Power

In December, the California Fuel Cell Partnership tallied 8,890 electric cars and 48 electric buses running on hydrogen batteries, which are refillable in minutes at any of 42 stations there. On the East Coast, the number of people who own and drive a hydrogen electric car is somewhat lower. In fact, there’s just one. His name is Mike Strizki. He is so devoted to hydrogen fuel-cell energy that he drives a Toyota Mirai even though it requires him to refine hydrogen fuel in his yard himself.

If we want hydrogen to live up to its promise, let’s get it right from the start

This year saw a slew of global hydrogen announcements that earned it the title of "hottest new tech on the decarbonization block." There is broad consensus that "green" hydrogen produced from renewable energy and water will be needed to avoid even more dangerous climate change by helping us achieve a net-zero emissions global economy by midcentury.

Speeding Toward Improved Hydrogen Fuel Production With a New Nanomaterial

A new nanomaterial helps obtain hydrogen from a liquid energy carrier, in a key step toward a stable and clean fuel source. Hydrogen is a sustainable source of clean energy that avoids toxic emissions and can add value to multiple sectors in the economy including transportation, power generation, metals manufacturing, among others. Technologies for storing and transporting hydrogen bridge the gap between sustainable energy production and fuel use, and therefore are an essential component of a viable hydrogen economy.

Volvo joins with multi-national giants on hydrogen push

Oil companies Shell and OMV to collaborate with truck makers Volvo Group, Daimler and IVECO on the roll-out of zero-emission hydrogen-based trucking and fueling stations on a mass scale across Europe. As a growing number of governments and businesses align on a common vision of net-zero emissions and transportation, a global group of heavy-hitters has committed today to back hydrogen as an essential fuel for the complete decarbonisation of the truck sector.

Korean startup Vogo safeguarding environment with its eco-friendly vessels for the marine industry

The shipbuilding sector has seen its fair share of scientific, technological, and ship production advancements, which have allowed it to incorporate high-tech innovations in making sailing safer and more cost-effective. As a result, key marine countries worldwide are paying particular attention to innovative technologies that can advance the industry’s shipbuilding processes. Korean shipbuilding startup Vogo has pioneered the aluminum shipbuilding market in Korea since 2000.

Toyota establishes new European Fuel Cell Business Group to stimulate growth in hydrogen tech

To maximise the opportunities for hydrogen in Europe, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has established a Fuel Cell Business Group to oversee its hydrogen activities across the region. Based in Brussels, the unit will strengthen the business case for hydrogen and support its introduction into mobility and other fields, making it accessible to new commercial partners. It will also support the company’s long-term sustainability strategy in order to have a deeper impact on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Toyota’s technology has the flexibility to be used not just in cars, but to produce zero-emission power in multiple applications. It is already powering trucks, urban bus fleets, fork lifts and generators. Tests are also under way for its use in boats and trains.

At METSTRADE, industry is urged to craft sustainable energy agenda

Vice-chair of The Water Revolution Foundation says the global sector must take the lead in setting green goals. Vienna Eleuteri, a leading force in the search for more sustainable boating, says the global sector must take the lead in setting green goals for itself before lawmakers or public opinion do so. Ms Eleuteri is the initiator and vice-chair of The Water Revolution Foundation, an Amsterdam-based non-profit of superyacht builders and their suppliers. WRF pursues green solutions and common standards in green boating. “The yachting sector must set its own (sustainability) agenda instead of being forced by legislatures or public opinion,” she said at a virtual METSTRADE panel.

Mercury earns another Green Masters designation

For the 10th consecutive year, Mercury Marine earned a Green Masters designation from the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC). As it has done in the previous nine years, Mercury achieved a score within the top 20% of all applicants to earn the designation. The Green Masters Program measures companies on a broad range of sustainability categories ranging from energy and water conservation to waste management, community outreach, and education. In addition, companies are evaluated in the contexts of transportation, supply chain, workforce, and governance.

Volvo Penta on the Move

When one of the world’s largest wind farm operators requested a hybrid-powered crew transfer vessel, they looked to Volvo Penta for propulsion options. The end result utilizes electric Inboard Performance Systems, five variable-speed Volvo D8 gensets and two D13 diesel engines. A battery pack will complement the power to support peak-shaving and allow the vessel to operate in full electric mode at low speeds.

Volvo outlines path towards zero-emission products

Volvo Group President and CEO Martin Lundstedt, together with members of the company’s Executive Board, laid out a strategy to drive the transformation of the transport industry and the supporting infrastructure. The Group staked out a number of ambitious goals during the well-produced virtual session: 100% fossil-free Volvo products by 2050 > 30% of vehicle sales accounted for by electric vehicles by 2030 > 50% of Group revenues from services. The presentation emphasized the Group’s existing strong position in electrification – with electric vehicles already at work in the field across many sectors including buses, trucks, firetrucks and crew transport ferries.