Monday, May 18, 2020

"S. Korea to build more hydrogen-producing facilities"

This is an update on a couple stories from last year.
From Yonhap News Agency, May 19:
South Korea said Tuesday it plans to build more hydrogen production facilities across the country that will be able to power nearly 50,000 cars annually, in line with its latest green energy vision that centers on slowly breaking away from fossil fuels.

The five new facilities, to be built in Busan, Daejeon and three other cities, will utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) to produce 7,400 tons of hydrogen annually, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.
The amount of hydrogen will be sufficient to power 760 buses or 49,000 passenger vehicles.
The project came in line with the country's efforts to promote hydrogen fuel cell automobiles.
South Korea has been seeking to build a society that harnesses hydrogen as the main source of energy for vehicles and other daily uses. The policy is considered one of the key projects pushed by the Moon Jae-in administration.....MORE
November 2019 
"South Korea wants to build three hydrogen-powered cities by 2022"
September 2019
Fatal Explosion Slams South Korea’s Hydrogen Future

The problem seems to lie in the fueling stations rather than the vehicles or their fuel cells and also points up one of the features of ammonia as a carrier, its relative safety.
Provided you don't breathe or drink the stuff. 

Unlike its cousin ammonium nitrate, ammonia isn't really prone to decompose explosively, which is why terrorists, from Timothy McVeigh to the Delhi bombers to assorted wannabe mass murderers across Europe and the Middle East don't buy their truck bomb ingredients in the grocery store's cleaning aisle.