The Linde Group successfully demonstrated its dedication to the inaugural Make the Future Singapore festival and the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017, highlighting the potential of hydrogen (H2) as a safe, clean and efficient energy source for future mobility.

This year marked the seventh consecutive year in which Linde supported H2-powered fuel cell vehicles, supply and refuelling H2 cylinders and providing technical and safety support.

The Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam took the top spot in the Hydrogen category once again for Prototype cars, a position they have held since 2014. The team’s device clocked a distance of 359km on just one cubic metre of H2.

gasworld also understands that numerous teams at the Shell Eco-marathon event are considering making the leap to H2 power in future tournaments, with John Paulo Diongco, team manager of the UST Eco-Tigers team, revealing that his team is very attracted to the renewable aspect of H2 energy.

“H2 is very abundant and it can be extracted from water. If we were to use that in the future, we would be saving a lot of resources,” Diongco underlined.

Linde debuted its fuel cell electric bicycle and portable H2 fuel cell generators at the event. Two of the company’s HY!cycles ferried 700 guests around the site and three of its Hymera portable generators recharged more than 1,300 mobile phones with H2 energy.

Sanjiv Lamba, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG and Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific, said that the Linde team in Singapore demonstrated the “tremendous potential of H2 in mobility applications” and added, “Linde remains deeply convinced that H2 is a safe, clean and efficient energy source for mobility in the future.

The industrial gas conglomerate will continue to champion H2-powered mobility in the Detroit and London legs of the marathon in the coming months.

The international competition for ultra-energy efficient prototype vehicles formed part of the Make the Future Singapore festival and took place from 16th-19th March 2017.