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Hydrogen Mobility Ireland member Belfast Met welcome China hydrogen vehicles news
China are this week advocating a move in the direction of hydrogen power, instead of battery electric cars.
Paul Mc Cormack, Programme Manager on the Belfast Met led renewable hydrogen project GenComm and member of the Hydrogen Mobility Ireland (HMI)transport group today welcomed news from China that hydrogen fuelled transport has been given the go ahead.
Wan Gang, Chinese Minister of Science for 11 years said this week: “We should look into establishing a hydrogen society. We need to move further towards fuel cells.”
It is expected China will begin phasing out its battery car subsidies but keep hydrogen power grants.
Hydrogen Mobility Ireland , a consortium of government departments and private companies which recently formed will aim to create a H2 refuelling network in Ireland. Paul Mc Cormack and Belfast Met are a valued member of Hydrogen Mobility Ireland. Mr Mc Cormack welcomed the news from China, saying: “Our HMI group will publish a report in the autumn on the role of hydrogen technology in the decarbonisation of our irish transport fleet. A fuel cell consumes hydrogen fuel and air to produce electrical power for the vehicle. Using sustainable hydrogen in transport will aid Ireland in achieving its transport decarbonisation targets. This is a global issue. That’s why I welcome the news from China. The transport sector is afterall the second highest contributor to greenhouse emissions in Ireland.”
The Hydrogen Mobility Ireland group is diverse enough to include the likes of Toyota Ireland, the Northern Ireland Department of infrastructure and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland all working in unison. The issue of how to decarbonise transport in Ireland is now the ‘live’ issue for HMI. The GenComm energy project led by Belfast Met also aims to measure the ability to produce hydrogen through pilot plants in Germany, Northern Ireland and Scotland. With climate change being an issue more and more discussed the zero emissions that hydrogen can deliver are timely.
Next month HMI will deliver a report on how it sees a potential market for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen vehicles evolving in Ireland. Fuelling hubs in major population centres before spreading the network out to more remote areas is part of the plan.
Paul Mc Cormack added: “The reality is that China are about to invest heavily in hydrogen fuelled transport and that can only alert the major motor groups to this inevitable direction we are all going in. Mercedes Benz have recently produced their updated GLC F Cell hydrogen fuel plug in hybrid.”