The Fuel Cell still Suffers from a Range Problem
For more than 25 years, the fuel cell has been on the verge of making a breakthrough as an energy converter for electrically powered vehicles. But time and again, they prove to be still too costly for use in cars, their range not sufficient for large commercial vehicles. However, recent developments in catalysts and batteries have given rise to the hope that the fuel cell will become an attractive solution for more than just niche applications.
At the recent G7 Summit in Biarritz (France), a very unusual message was being conveyed. According to reports in the media, at the entrance to the press center were flyers with the title "May the hydrogen be with you." In front of them was a fleet of electrical powered bicycles with fuel cells for use by journalists. The aim was to demonstrate to politicians from all over the world that hydrogen is a key technology of the future. When it is used in fuel cells to produce electric power, it can represent a serious alternative to fossil fuels.