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The 10 benefits of green hydrogen in logistics

The 10 benefits of green hydrogen in logistics. In recent years, green hydrogen is being discussed and promoted as an alternative, to polluting fossil fuels, to decarbonize…

On January 4, 2022

The 10 benefits of green hydrogen in logistics. In recent years, green hydrogen is being discussed and promoted as an alternative, to polluting fossil fuels, to decarbonize the logistics and industrial sector. And it also has several benefits at the domestic level.

Spain is a power, that stands out in the field of renewable energies. And that is why it could become an exporter of green hydrogen, and thus abandon the energy dependence on other countries.

Benefits of green hydrogen in logistics

1. Compared to battery-only vehicles, improvements in sustainability, operation and safety, through the reduction of batteries (lower weight and environmental impact of their life cycle) and the elimination of electric charging, from the need for recharging infrastructure.

2. Elimination of environmentally polluting gases, such as those produced by diesel or gasoline.

3. Ability to decarbonize transportation, a sector hitherto considered “difficult to abate”, in terms of combating climate change.

4. Reduction of refueling time, which translates to about one minute for forklifts, and a few minutes for vans and trucks.

5. Sufficient autonomy. For example, hydrogen fuel cells in forklifts have a range of 8-10 hours, which is equivalent to more than a working day; vans can have ranges of more than 400km. Vehicles with longer ranges are being developed.

6. Greener, because the origin of the energy to produce hydrogen from renewable sources, such as solar panels, is known, and can be certified.

7. In addition to renewable energy, the only raw material in a green hydrogen plant is water (H2O), a low-cost renewable resource, whose cycle is not altered.

8. Increased safety for personnel. Hydrogen is not harmful to workers, unlike, for example, the lead-acid batteries used in most warehouses, which have the potential to leak acid, a chemical compound hazardous to warehouse personnel and the environment. It is also less hazardous than other fuels such as gasoline.

9. Ease of storage. It can be used later for other purposes, and at times other than when it was produced.

10. Enhancement of the energy and technological independence of Spain and the European Union, through the development of a sector, that creates jobs and technology, while reducing dependence on fossil fuels, in which we are highly deficient.

The decarbonization of the planet is one of the objectives, whichcountries around the world have set themselves, for 2050, and green hydrogen is one of the most effective solutions for this purpose.

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