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Toyota's FCV-R is a sizable sedan which runs on a hydrogen fuel cell power plant which Toyota claims can propel the car for 430 miles between hydrogen fillups.
Breakthrough Holds Promise for Hydrogen's Use as Alternative Fuel - UT Dallas News - http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2011/10/27-13641_Breakthrough-Holds-Promise-for-Hydrogens-Use-as-Fu_article-wide.html
Pike Research forecasts more than 5,200 hydrogen fueling stations to be operational worldwide by 2020
Hydrogen demand from LDVs, buses, forklifts, UPS, and scooters, worldwide 2010-2020. Source: Pike Research
According to a new report from Pike Research, more than 5,200 hydrogen fueling stations for cars, buses and forklifts will be operational worldwide by 2020, up from just 200 stations in 2010. The cleantech market intelligence firm forecasts that, by the end of that period, annual investment in hydrogen stations will reach $1.6 billion, with a cumulative 10-year investment totaling $8.4 billion.
Pike Research expects global demand for hydrogen fuel to reach 418 million kg annually by 2020. This reflects a 2010-2020 CAGR of 88% globally. Cumulative demand will be relatively low-less than 50 million kg-from 2010 through 2014. In 2015, demand will reach around 55 million kg and will grow dramatically from that point. Such growth will be caused by the projected introduction of commercial LDVs in 2015.
High hopes, and hurdles, for hydrogen cars
Automakers are gearing up for mass-market production of hydrogen-powered cars starting in 2015, but the fuel cell technology has plenty of skeptics, including President Obama.
After being championed by former President George W. Bush as a pollution-free solution for weaning America off its dependence on foreign oil, the vehicles are in danger of losing research and development funding under the Obama administration, which argues that plug-in electric cars are a more practical bet.
Scientists Reach Hydrogen Storage Milestone - Hydrogen cars may be feasible sooner thanks to a team at the Univ of Crete in Greece. Scientists have developed a hydrogen storage model that can store up to 41 grams of hydrogen per liter— almost matching the US Department of Energy’s target of 45 g per l. The structure comprises graphene sheets only one atom thick connected by columns of carbon nanotubes. Hydrogen is stored in gaps between nanotubes & graphene sheets. - http://cleantechnica.com/2008/10/06/scientists-reach-hydrogen-storage-milestone/
GM's mass production fuel cell sedan - GM is working on a mass-production fuel-cell sedan that it could bring to the market by 2010 -
Shell's hydrogen filling station in Iceland - Shell has operated a hydrogen filling station in Iceland, with more to follow (2004 data) -
Fuel cell vehicles generation capacity - 200 million fuel cell vehicles has 4 tmies the generating capacity of the entire US power grid -