In part I of our review of transport issues we focused on road transport. As was noted, there are a range of technical fixes- new fuels and new vehicles. With worries about air pollution rising, the pace of change is dizzying, with a lot of new options emerging e.g. hydrogen fuel for cars. In the UK, ITM Power’s PEM electrolyser is already being used to provide hydrogen derived from wind for some at a hydrogen powered vehicle refueling centre off M1 Junction 33: However, although a role may be played by biofuels and synfuels, as we noted in Part I, electric vehicles are seen as the main way ahead for now. With batteries getting cheaper, we have been bombarded with optimistic prognoses. 160 million EVs globally by 2030, or even 530 million by 2040: Certainly, clever cross-links to wider energy system storage capacity are possible, possibly making EVs even more viable. UK Vehicle to Grid (V2G) battery links might add 11GW of storage capacity.
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The rail industry should reduce its emissions by “aspiring” to remove all trains that run only on diesel by 2040, according to the new rail minister. Mr Johnson will encourage the industry to consider alternative fuels such as hydrogen and to use more bi-mode trains, which run on electricity on electrified parts of the rail network and switch to diesel engines for the rest of the journey.
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