ITM Power's managed to use electrolysis to boost hydrogen production efficiently enough to bring the refueling cost-per-mile cost of hydrogen down to about half of diesel fuel's refueling costs per mile. Yes, diesel in the UK, where ITM is based, is rather expensive (about $8 a gallon), but the company's gains remain impressive.

ITM, per reports from Green Car Congress, has boosted hydrogen-production efficiency to substantially bring down the cost of hydrogen production in this year alone. The chemistry behind electrolysis involves electrodes, water and currents and more stuff some reporters have a hard time grasping, but the bottom line is that ITM says its hydrogen-production cost is down 33 percent from a year ago before measuring amortization of the investment in the new technology, and down 23 percent when amortization's factored in.

With the Hyundai ix35 fuel-cell vehicle being used as a hydrogen-measurement test mule of sorts, ITM says that, factoring in the crossover's 370-mile driving range on a full tank of hydrogen, it costs about 23 cents a mile to refuel the vehicle, about half the per-mile diesel cost in the UK and with none of the exhaust.

Autoblog has been covering ITM's discoveries for quite a while now, reporting way back in 2007 that the UK company built a "low-cost electrolyser" that could convert wind, solar and other sources of renewable energy into hydrogen, which is kind of neat.

From Our Partners

You May Like
Links by Zergnet
Share This Photo X