Reduction Of Vehicle Pollution
The Linde Group, a technology company, has taken an important step on the road to zero-emissions hydrogen (H2) mobility.
According to Air Resources Board of California Environmental Protection Agency, “Air pollution from vehicles can harm human health whether it is vehicle exhaust that enters a vehicle from outside or pollutants off-gassing inside the vehicle. Pollutants from vehicle exhaust include carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter (PM) such as PM 2.5 and ultrafine particles (UFP), and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Health effects from vehicle pollution can include respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, as well as increased risk of cancer.” Apparently, there are two ways to reduce this harmful effect, namely by reducing the number of on-road vehicles and introducing non-polluting fleets of vehicles.
With a view to combating this menace, The Linde Group, a technology company, has taken an important step on the road to zero-emissions hydrogen (H2) mobility. Under the BeeZero brand name the group’s newly founded subsidiary, Linde Hydrogen Concepts, has recently launched the world’s first car sharing service to exclusively use hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars. Dr Christian Bruch, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG, has symbolically unveiled the first BeeZero car in Munich.
These fuel-cell vehicles can travel over 400 kilometres on a single tank. This means that – unlike battery-powered electric cars – the hydrogen vehicles are also ideal for medium-distance journeys. Unless the customer chooses otherwise, the cars will be refuelled by BeeZero employees. The hydrogen fuel is sourced exclusively from sustainable production processes, making it completely carbon neutral.
Linde is applying for project funding to the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP II), an initiative run by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport & Digital Infra-structure. This co-funding would enable the project’s range and scope to be substantially enlarged.
Linde has a wealth of expertise and many years of experience in the hydrogen sector. The company has been producing hydrogen on a large scale for its industrial customers for over a century now. Around 25 years ago, Linde was also one of the first companies to recognise hydrogen’s potential as a clean fuel and to invest in developing the necessary technology to capitalise on this opportunity. Today, the company is the leading supplier of hydrogen refuelling solutions and boasts a number of unique selling propositions such as its robust, low-maintenance ionic compressor and its cryopump.
As a founding member of influential initiatives such as the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) and H2MOBILITY Deutschland, Linde is committed to commercialising hydrogen as an environmentally-friendly energy carrier. The company has also shown that it is willing to explore new and unusual paths, for example by unveiling a prototype for an electric bicycle powered by a fuel cell in October 2015.
Can’t we think of replicating such initiatives in Indian metros where vehicular pollution is a major source of indoor air pollutants?
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