Hydrogen vs Lithium: Which is the Fuel of the Future?

The transport industry is changing quickly, and haulage companies need to be at the forefront of new fuel sources.

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(businesspress24) - With environmental concerns mounting and traditional fuels increasingly expensive, the transport industry is changing fast. Governments, haulage companies and manufacturers are all investing in the future, usually placing their bets on one of two contenders: hydrogen or lithium. In this article, we

Hydrogen

What is it?

An odourless, colourless gas, with a high energy output and clean burning.

How does it work?

Hydrogen is pumped from a tank into a fuel cell, where a chemical reaction takes place, producing electricity.

Pros

Hydrogen has a few major advantages as a fuel source. As mentioned, its energy output of 40,000 watt-hours per kilogram dwarfs other alternative fuels. It also adds no weight to vehicles, solving a major problem with efficiency and helping produce ranges of up to 400 miles on a single tank. This makes it especially attractive to haulage companies, for whom minimising wait and refuel times is crucial.

Cons

Although hydrogen is the most abundant element in the (known) universe, its biggest problem is the difficulty of extraction. Current methods use electrolysis, separating hydrogen atoms from oxygen atoms in water. This is both enormously costly (up to eight times the rate

In addition, commercial operators (including haulage companies) often baulk at hydrogen

Lithium

What is it?

The main element in batteries, lithium can store electricity and release it over time.

How does it work?

Mobile phones and laptop computers currently use lithium batteries, so think along those lines. They plug into a power source to charge and store the energy for use as needed.

Pros

Lithium has none of hydrogen

Cons

The main problem with lithium is its low energy output. At just 280 watt-hours per kilogram, itre often.

The Verdict

As you can see, each of these fuel types has serious issues. A




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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage companies or self-employed drivers with jobs in road transport and haulage work. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.



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Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage companies or self-employed drivers with jobs in road transport and haulage work. Over 5,400 member companies are networked together through the Exchange to fill empty capacity, get new clients and form long-lasting business relationships.

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Date: 11/09/2018 - 04:24
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