BloombergNEF that outlines the prospects for renewable hydrogen in various sectors, under the title, “Hydrogen Economy Offers Promising Path to Decarbonization.” The basic argument is that wind and solar (and other renewables) can’t carry the full weight of global decarbonization as direct sources of electricity, but renewable hydrogen can fill in the missing pieces. Before the new report hit the Intertubes last week, CleanTechnica had the opportunity to speak with Kobad Bhavnagri, who is lead author and head of industrial decarbonization for BNEF, to shed some additional light on the topic. In a nutshell, fuel cell passenger cars and other light duty ground vehicles may still continue to struggle for a foothold in the hydrogen economy of the future, but the new report foresees plenty of wiggle room for renewable hydrogen elsewhere. Bhavnagri explained that “basically we are much more bearish on the prospect of hydrogen vehicles in everything but [larger] trucks.” The reasoning is that batteries are a less expensive solution for other vehicles, including passenger cars, SUVs, and light trucks. However, the power density of hydrogen would make it more economical for 18-wheelers and other heavy duty vehicles.
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