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Technology Powerhouse Energy is turning plastic into fuel for hydrogen cars

15:55  14 october  2019
15:55  14 october  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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A hydrogen vehicle is a vehicle that uses hydrogen fuel for motive power . Hydrogen vehicles include hydrogen - fueled space rockets, as well as automobiles and other transportation vehicles.

Britain produces about 5 million metric tons of plastic waste every year, but less than a third of that is recycled. Roughly half ends up in landfills.

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UK company Powerhouse Energy wants to turn this plastic deluge into an opportunity by producing energy from non-recyclable plastics and other waste.

Powerhouse Energy has developed a process where it shreds the waste and then heats it to around 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit to produce syngas — a mixture of hydrogen, methane and carbon monoxide. Syngas can either be burned to produce electricity, or the hydrogen can be separated out to power fuel cells in vehicles.

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Why turn plastic to fuel ? Estimates show that less than 5% of the plastic manufactured each year Plastic -derived fuels are also capable of producing a cleaner burning fuel than traditional sources For instance, Toyota has stated its aim to sell one million electric and fuel cars worldwide by 2030

First of a three-part series. Humans have harnessed hydrogen for a variety of applications, from blasting rockets into space to making common household products like toothpaste. Now, after decades of development, hydrogen is about to find its way into the family car .

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are powered by electric motors, but instead of carrying their energy in a battery pack, they create electricity by combining hydrogen with oxygen from the air in a fuel cell. Water vapor and heat are the only byproducts at the tailpipe.

Hydrogen cars have two big advantages over battery-powered electric vehicles: they can usually drive farther before needing to refuel, and refueling takes only a few minutes, not the hours it can take to charge an electric battery.

"For road transport, hydrogen is the perfect fuel," says David Ryan, CEO of Powerhouse Energy. "For large lorries [trucks] and buses it is probably the future of clean fuel, because its emission is water."

One downside is that hydrogen fueling stations are few and far between; in the United Kingdom there are fewer than 20. Yet countries are forging ahead with the technology: Japan aims to have 200,000 hydrogen cars on its roads by 2025, served by 320 fueling stations.

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Powerhouse Energy is using distributed modular gasification to convert end-of-life plastics into hydrogen and electricity. We sat down with CEO Our DMG process generates nominally a tonne (t) of hydrogen for every 25t of plastic waste per day. Then we’re also generating about one and a half

When energy is stored as hydrogen in the form of a liquid of gas, then it will not dissipate until it is used under the assumption that the fuel cell is 4. The cost to store hydrogen is expensive enough that it is prohibitive for most people. Since 2006, the cost estimates for hydrogen fuel cell storage

Reducing emissions

About three quarters of the world's hydrogen supplies are made from natural gas, a process that produces carbon emissions. But even cars powered this way can reduce carbon emissions by more than 30% compared with conventional vehicles, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, a US non-profit.

Powerhouse Energy says its own production process emits much less CO2 than using natural gas, giving motorists a significantly greater emissions saving — while using up rubbish that would otherwise go to landfill.

Powerhouse Energy's process is still at demonstration level, but it plans to soon expand to 11 sites in the United Kingdom. It ultimately hopes to have a number of small facilities near cities worldwide, using local waste to provide communities with power and hydrogen. Locating a plant at or close to a hydrogen cell refueling point would reduce the carbon emissions created by transporting the hydrogen.

"The vision is that fuel-cell vehicles can be used in the place of hybrids now — so you might have a fuel-cell car with a battery backup," says Ryan. "But for lorries and buses, the vision is that they could be totally hydrogen fueled. We can provide enough fuel for a day's transportation and then they return to base to refuel for the next day."

The Hydrogen One is now only $645, which is $645 more than you should spend on it .
Even with this price drop, the Hydrogen One remains a terrible deal. A brand new iPhone 11 — a remarkably better phone, with much better cameras and video shooting capabilities (something RED fans might care about) — costs just $54 more. And most year-old phones are even cheaper: the iPhone XR is now down to $599, and Google’s Pixel 3 is down to $499. They are both better phones. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

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