The US and Mexico have agreed to begin production of a fuel cell car, a development that could help put the US on track to meet its goal of having 50% of its cars and trucks powered by renewable sources by 2030.
The United States, in particular, will need to improve its energy efficiency in order to compete with China, where carmakers have been installing batteries and electric motors in cars and other vehicles.
The new fuel cell technology, called SCANA, could help meet that challenge.SCANA has the potential to provide a cleaner alternative to fossil fuels and is currently a technology demonstration project at the company’s factory in Buffalo, New York.
But it is unlikely to become commercially viable before 2025, and the company is already working on a cheaper alternative.SCENA is a hybrid fuel cell and a hydrogen fuel cell, a technology which has not yet been commercialised.
The main difference is that it uses a mix of hydrogen and liquid hydrogen fuel.
It uses the energy of both liquid hydrogen and solid hydrogen.
It has an energy density of 1,200 megawatt-hours per kilogram of fuel cell volume, which is comparable to a petrol engine.”SCANA will create jobs, provide an important energy source for our communities and help us meet the needs of our growing population,” said Gary Boulton, CEO of SCANA.
“By 2030, SCANA will provide 20% of the fuel for our nation’s transportation system.
The next challenge will be to scale this technology to deliver the power of 100,000 SCANA vehicles in the next decade.”
The announcement on Thursday came as part of a multi-nation agreement to explore the technology.
Mexico will also build and operate a pilot plant.
“The announcement of the US-Mexico cooperation in fuel cell research is a welcome step forward in the energy transition to a greener economy,” said Carlos Paez, Mexico’s minister of economic development.
“Fuel cell technologies will contribute to our national and global energy transition, and we are looking forward to seeing SCANA develop into a viable product for our people and industry.”
The fuel cell is a small, flexible fuel cell which is powered by electricity generated by burning water.
SCANA hopes that the new technology will be used to provide electricity to electric vehicles and to improve energy efficiency.
“SCANA is looking forward, together with the Mexican government, to working with the industry and the government to ensure this important technology is available in Mexico,” said John Naughton, president of SCANES Energy, a company which develops and sells the fuel cell.