About Laurent Meillaud

Freelance automotive journalist and consultant, author as well, focused on technologies and new trends for more than 25 years, convinced that hydrogen is one of the energies for the car of the future.

A mobile liquid hydrogen dispenser in Korea

Hylium Industries recently released the world's first mobile liquid hydrogen refueling station in South Korea. The mobile liquid hydrogen refueling station is, essentially, a five-ton truck carrying fueling equipment, including a liquid hydrogen pump, vaporizer, and dispenser. It can store up to 7,500 liters of low-pressure (3 bar) liquid hydrogen and is capable of fueling [...]

By | 2018-08-08T18:28:29+00:00 August 8th, 2018|Hydrogen Distribution|Comments Off on A mobile liquid hydrogen dispenser in Korea

Toyota unveils a more efficient hydrogen truck

The japanese company just revealed the Project Portal 2.0, during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars, in Northern Michigan. The new hydrogen truck, known internally as "Beta," expands on the capabilities of Toyota's first Project Portal test vehicle by increasing the estimated range to more than 300 miles per fill. The truck [...]

By | 2018-07-31T10:28:14+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Toyota unveils a more efficient hydrogen truck

Ballard Acquires Fuel Cell Assets From AFCC (former JV with Ford and Daimler)

Ballard Power Systems announced that it has acquired certain strategic assets of Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corporation (AFCC), a private company owned by Daimler and Ford Motor Company. As part of a planned wind-down of AFCC’s operations in Vancouver, which are co-located with Ballard at its headquarters, Daimler and Ford have in-housed and relocated their [...]

By | 2018-07-09T20:22:44+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Automotive|Comments Off on Ballard Acquires Fuel Cell Assets From AFCC (former JV with Ford and Daimler)

Ford stops fuel cell cooperation with Daimler

According to Reuters, Ford Motor and Daimler AG are winding down a joint venture formed to develop automotive fuel cell technology, The Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp venture (AFCC), based in Burnaby, British Columbia, will close this summer. For years, both companies have been working together. By summer, Ford “will take fuel cell stack development in-house, as [...]

By | 2018-06-15T10:49:04+00:00 June 15th, 2018|Automotive|Comments Off on Ford stops fuel cell cooperation with Daimler

Toyota expects a huge increase of FCEV sales

In a press release, Toyota sees global sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) increasing significantly after 2020, to at least 30,000 per year from today’s 3,000. To prepare for this growth, the company prepared plans for two major new facilities : a brand-new building near its original automobile factory for expanding fuel cell stack [...]

By | 2018-05-27T15:47:18+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Automotive|Comments Off on Toyota expects a huge increase of FCEV sales

Toyota backs Low-carbon Hydrogen plan in Aichi (Japan)

Have you ever heard about Aichi Low-carbon Hydrogen Supply Chain 2030 Vision ? This project involves in Japan the Aichi prefectural government, companies operating within the prefecture, municipal authorities, and experts. The three pillars of the 2030 Vision are "sustained development of a regional low-carbon hydrogen supply chain," "carbon reduction in the various fields of [...]

By | 2018-04-28T11:57:20+00:00 April 28th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Toyota backs Low-carbon Hydrogen plan in Aichi (Japan)

An automotive fuel cell expert joins Nikola Motor as VP

Nikola Motors has hired Jesse Schneider as vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. This automotive industry veteran spent most of his career working for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Schneider has spent nearly 20 years in vehicle electrification, fuel cells, electric and hydrogen infrastructure and tanks at automakers in Germany, the United States and China. He [...]

By | 2018-04-15T17:09:21+00:00 April 15th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on An automotive fuel cell expert joins Nikola Motor as VP

Toyota supports innovative hydrogen energy solutions

The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) has selected ten researchers to receive grants from the research program to support innovative hydrogen energy solutions launched last year. The Hydrogen Research Initiative started in July 2017 to support innovative research to reduce the output of carbon dioxide and/or the cost of hydrogen and hydrogen systems. Research proposals were [...]

By | 2018-04-08T15:32:17+00:00 April 8th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Toyota supports innovative hydrogen energy solutions

Siemens and Ballard team up for the hydrogen train

Siemens and Ballard Power Systems, a Canadian manufacturer of fuel cells, plan the joint development of a fuel cell drive for the Mireo train platform. Working together, the two companies intend to develop a new generation of fuel cells with an especially long lifecycle and high power density as well as improved efficiency. The long-term [...]

By | 2018-03-18T16:33:21+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Transport|Comments Off on Siemens and Ballard team up for the hydrogen train

New members for the Hydrogen Council

Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in early 2017, the Hydrogen Council welcomes 11 new members from Asia, North America and Europe. These are leading international oil & gas, energy, science & technology and automotive companies. 3M, Bosch, China Energy, Great Wall Motor, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation and Weichai, join as [...]

By | 2018-03-14T20:10:24+00:00 March 14th, 2018|General|Comments Off on New members for the Hydrogen Council

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