Three of the world’s biggest car manufacturers are to jointly develop technologies for hydrogen powered vehicles.
Honda, General Motors and BMW will work together under the banner of a Liquid Hydrogen Consortium to develop the technologies for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen-powered engines.
Their aim is to standardise fuel nozzles, filler necks and other related components to establish a safe hydrogen supply system, though they have emphasised the joint venture will not extend to joint manufacture of fuel cell vehicles.
The manufacturers are looking to make liquid hydrogen more viable than it is at the moment and establish world standards for all hydrogen vehicles. This will make production easier for all of them as costs will potentially be reduced.
As Dr Frank Ochmann, head of BMW's CleanEnergy project, said: \\$quot;Hydrogen as a fuel of the future can only achieve blanket coverage if we develop a convenient, standardised fuelling technology.\\$quot;
In another development regarding hydrogen fuel cell cars, three chemists from an American university have received a grant of $750,000 from the federal Department of Energy to carry out research into making fuel cell cars and re-fuelling stations available, practical and affordable to Americans by 2020.
The project is due to run for three years and the scientists will be looking to develop a fuel cell membrane which will convert hydrogen into electricity. Instead of being recharged, the fuel cells will be fed hydrogen fuel – similar to current car engines being fed petrol.