This March, Shell presented a new study carried out in collaboration with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Focusing on transportation, the authors compared several different production pathways for hydrogen and took a closer look at the three regions spearheading global development: Germany, Japan and the United States. Jörg Adolf, who headed the project at Shell, said that hydrogen technology had made big advances over the past years, “not just in car use.” He added: “The fuel cell is, in principle, suited for all means of transport beyond their application in passenger vehicles.” Stijn van Els, chair of the German Shell companies, said in Berlin: “Battery and fuel cell complement each other. Fuel cell vehicles are also electric vehicles, and battery-driven ones require hydrogen technology, for example, to increase mileage.”
At the same time, it was stressed that the hydrogen technologies would need further support and incentives from the government. Another two areas needing improvement were social and consumer acceptance. “The current decisions made by the federal government based on the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP 2) are an important first step in the right direction,” the authors said.
Shell Hydrogen Study, Energy of the Future? Sustainable Mobility through Fuel Cells and H2