Platinum miner, Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has unveiled an initiative that is aimed at promoting the zero-emission fuel cell technology, as part of its PGM Investment Programme.
The JSE-listed mining company has announced that it will be investing $4million in United Hydrogen Group (UHG), a US company, to help reduce the cost of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) ownership.
Amplats views this project as a foundation for the mass adoption of zero-emission fuel cell technology. It aims to contribute towards lowering the delivered costs of hydrogen and supporting the development of hydrogen refueling stations, which would bolster the demand for platinum use in FCEVs, a press statement quotes Amplats executive marketing head, Andrew Hinkly.
“We ultimately want to reduce the cost of delivered hydrogen and increase access to hydrogen refuelling stations. Our investment in UHG goes a long way to achieving both of these goals and supporting development of the FCEV market.”
To tackle the project, UHG will work with Hydrogenious Technologies, a PGM Investment Programme partner, on delivered hydrogen logistics and costs. A high-tech spinoff of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, Hydrogenious Technologies has achieved a breakthrough in liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) technology, which gives hydrogen diesel-like characteristics that allow it to be transported, distributed and stored in existing infrastructure for oil-based fuels. The technology binds the hydrogen molecules to LOHCs, which facilitate safe, easy-to-handle, high-density energy storage at ambient conditions, addressing the existing challenges associated with storing gaseous hydrogen