H2 INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE
ENERGY SUPPLY (LOAD LEVELLING) HYDROGEN FC SERVICE STORAGE STATIONS
MINUTE - Amoco pumps at one of the 'Minute' service stations
networked across the USA. For the first 25 years of motoring, petrol pumps did not exist. Instead, people were required to buy fuel in two-gallon cans from their nearest
chemist, hardware shop or hotel. The world’s first filling station was a
drugstore, still standing at Stadt-Apotheke – or Town Pharmacy – in Wiesloch, south of Heidelberg,
Germany. This was where Bertha Benz first refuelled her husband’s Motorwagen. Her
husband being Karl Benz. His 1886 patent for a horseless carriage is the first for an automobile designed to produce its own power. It was a tricycle with a motor, and used spoked-wire wheels, differential gears, and chains widely used on the bicycles of the day. Benz was a bicyclist.
There is as yet no infrastructure for Hydrogen powered vehicles, nor for EVs on mass. This applies to every country in the world, including USA, EU, Asia, China, and UK. Thus, you may have a brilliant design in the JVH2 vehicle category, but be unable to operate it unfettered. The cart before the horse syndrome, or if you prefer, the chicken and egg conundrum. Though you could argue, that once you have a cart, you will find a way to pull or push it. Horses run on grass, grains and hay, fuels available the world over.
So here we are with hydrogen and battery EVs, but no infrastructure to supply them in the quantity needed to transition from petrol and diesel, to clean renewables. This then is a Jules Verne challenge. Since the author predicted hydrogen would surpass other fuels, he must have pondered the infrastructure for his vision.
THE JVH2 INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGE
There is no limit to the design of a system to supply hydrogen to produce electricity to FCEVs at the roadside - in any form of the wonder molecule: ammonia, methanol, compressed or liquid gas.
This design challenge is Open Class. Any person, company or government can apply.
Though, architects and engineers should take into account the cost of producing a viable entry, as with logistics, and the vagaries of the planning system in your geographical region. Bearing in mind Red Flag politics.
SKY NEWS MARCH 2023 - The key to soaking up wasted energy, is to integrate the electricity supply industry with the infrastructure for EVs. The problem being that the automotive world and the electricity industry, appear not to comprehend the problems, so contained are they in their own little bubbles. You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.
The only way to turbo-charge change, is with clean statute. Well done to the EU February 2023. The technology has existed for many years. Manufacturers will now have to build zero carbon cars. Let us hope they do not wait until the last minute, like VW are saying. Energy companies will need to follow suite with infrastructure, or lose their grip on transport fuels. Great news for those considering entering the JVH2. At the moment it is the lack of alternative fuels at filling stations, that is the log jam.
UK is aiming at 2030, while Norway is ahead of the game in EV sales, with gasoline’s share of the new car market vanishing more
every month - faster than anyone could have predicted. This has led Norway to have the earliest target for the phaseout of new gasoline vehicle sales in the world – 2025.
A publicly owned electricity generation firm could save Britons nearly £21bn a year, according to new analysis that bolsters Labour’s case to launch a national energy company if the party gains power.
Marks will be awarded for low cost and speed of installation. Also the cost of purchase by way of CAPEX investment, by way of a costing exercise - or simply based on the cost of the project, minus development time.
Means to self finance alongside other services, piggy backing your concept will be likely considerations. One obvious one, is providing load levelling to energy companies who are paying massive fines to turn off wind turbines.
Hence, the trophy will be awarded in three guises:
Stage 1. A low cost road side service station for the supply of hydrogen fuels.
Stage 2. A networked low cost energy supply service system, or with network capability built in.
Stage 3. A system as in 1., and 2., above, where the proposed system offers electricity grid supply and storage, by way of load levelling for national grids.
Please read the rules for applying, before making contact and registering your project. Email us if you have any questions or need clarification: firstname.lastname@example.org (mark for the attention of B. Dusart)
The one rule that competitors must work to, is that the proposed service facilities must be able to supply hydrogen for fuel cell powered vehicles, and ICE vehicles using compressed gas, liquid hydrogen, ammonia, methanol, or peroxide. I.e., have multi-fuel capability.
Any proposal might also charge lithium batteries, alongside hydrogen storage, or use a standard from of cartridge for the supply and storage of electricity. Such design to be generally adoptable by automotive companies.
Applicants that meet these criteria, might benefit from a free License to use the name: SmartNet.
The Trophy awarded in this category will be the: "JVH2 World Hydrogen Trophy."
EXAMPLE OF AN EARLY INFRASTRUCTE (2014) PROJECT - PRE: JVH2
HISTORIC WORLD 1ST - INBUILT HYDROGEN CARTRIDGE EXCHANGE SYSTEM - SWAPS IN 2 MINS, TO AMMONIA OR METHANOL FUELS
MEANING ANY VEHICLE SO EQUIPPED MAY USE ANY H2 COMPOUND - OR EVEN LITHIUM BATTERIES - FUTURE PROOFING TECHNOLOGY
FORD MODEL T - Electric cars were more popular as a mode of transport, until the electric starter motor made it easy to operate (start) petrol and diesel engines, powered by fossil fuels. Then Henry Ford came along with the Model T, making IC cars affordable. Well done to Henry. Today the challenge is to make automotive transport clean, in a sustainable world, for a healthier future.
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