This video is part of a groundswell of media material which has grown in the last year or so, talking about the hopes and plans for using hydrogen as a fuel, something the trucking industry needs to be aware of, because we need to know how long will diesel dominate? How fast will the use of hydrogen ramp up?
There are a lot of big players investing large amounts of research dollars in developing hydrogen technology, all of the way from the production of the element from water and solar energy, to service stations to deliver the fuel and fuel cell stacks to power heavy duty trucks over long distances.
The hydrogen hype has gone up another notch recently with an announcement this week by a company called Real Energy, in which it is doing a deal with a major US player in the hydrogen game, Hyzon Motors, with whom they plan to develop a chain of hydrogen refuelling stations in Australia.
A memorandum of understanding to work together on the development hydrogen solutions in Australia is said to be in process in news reports. There is a lot of talk about the provision of refuelling infrastructure, but little concrete evidence of a development of zero emission production facilities for hydrogen.
Hyzon Motors Australia Director, John Feenan has been quoted in the financial media in Australia as saying, “We see Australia as a key market for the integration of hydrogen power technology into hard-to-abate sectors such as heavy transportation.”
Or is the growth of interest in hydrogen just a part of the Gartner Hype Cycle? According to the speaker in this video we are in the ‘slope of enlightenment’ phase of the hype cycle. So how long is it before we get to the ‘plateau of productivity’?