Hydrogen fuel is poised to be the new fuel of the future. This fuel emits no pollution and is the right fuel to fight against climate change .
A car running on hydrogen fuel does not emit any pollutant like carbon dioxide, sulphur or particles. The only emission from the exhaust pipe of a hydrogen-powered car is water.
This clean-burn nature of the fuel has attracted a number of oil multinationals, car-makers and energy companies. Hydrogen, which can be made from electricity and water and can be, produced in limitless quantities using nothing more than solar energy and water. If hydrogen burns, it leaves no trace in the air, except for a bit of water vapor.
The hydrogen filling station at Forus, the first in Norway, was opened last August and will be joined by a further four on the main road that hugs the country's southern coast. Eventually these stations will form a 360-mile long "hydrogen highway" stretching from Stavanger to Oslo.
"The goal is that by 2009 it will be possible to drive a hydrogen-powered car along the entire route," says Anders Hermansen from Statoil, Norway's biggest oil company and one of 40 partner organizations involved in the project, called HyNor. "This is very much a 'learning by doing project', as we want to increase our knowledge of hydrogen as well as stimulating wider interest in more environmentally friendly fuels."
Thirteen Toyota Prius hydrogen cars have been acquired for HyNor at an exorbitant rate of 60,000 each. These are the only hydrogen cars in Norway, and are leased out to Statoil and local government groups, which are also partners in the project. The cars are powered by a regular engine that has been adapted to run on hydrogen, with backup being provided by a battery-powered motor. They have a range of around 80 miles before they need to be refueled. The number of hydrogen cars driving along the highway is expected to steadily increase as the project devePage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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