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Hydrogen Cars: How the "Car as Power Plant" Concept Can Help Buffer Energy Consumption and Reduce Emissions

We already have electric cars that run on batteries and thus help reduce the carbon footprint.

But now a new concept tries to step up the game by not only using hydrogen as a source of fuel, but also making the car like a mini power plant that can convert energy into electricity which will then be supplied to the power grid.

The concept comes from Esther Park Lee from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) who recently obtained her PhD on the subject.

A fuel cell car converts hydrogen into electricity, heat and clean water. The stationary hydrogen car can also supply that electricity to the power grid and thus act as a buffer in a sustainable energy system, because the supply of energy from renewable sources such as wind and sun fluctuates.

(Image credit: Spielvogel/Wikimedia Commons)


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