An Ariane rocket (Image: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG)
Hydrogen fuel tank for the Hydrogen 7 (Image: Magna Steyr Aerospace)
MaganStyer hydrogen fuel handling system (Image: MagnaSteyr Aerospace)
The Hydrogen 7 (Image: BMW/Magna Steyr Aerospace)
At first glance, hydrogen seems like a brilliant alternative fuel for motor cars. It burns so clean that all it produces is water, it’s the most abundant element in the universe and it doesn’t need all those rare earth elements and heavy metals that electric vehicles depend on. The only trouble is, it’s very difficult to handle. In an effort to make hydrogen cars practical, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Austrian automotive manufacturer MagnaSteyr are adapting technology developed for the Ariane rockets so that it can be used in cars, as part of ESA’s Technology Transfer Programme.
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