“Sustainability. Going green. Be environmentally friendly.”
These are all phrases we hear quite often today, and for good reason! Many companies are beginning to report on sustainability efforts and shoot for sustainability awards and certifications in their offices and business practices.
Businesses today contribute more towards climate change and resource consumption than private citizens and residential spaces. Water use, electricity consumption, and waste practices are all topics that a firm should consider when evaluating their sustainability efforts.
Water is the number one resource mankind needs for survival. Yet only 0.5% of the water on earth is consumable. As companies implement better water management systems into their applications, certain products, like ion exchange filters, come to mind.
Many of you in industry are familiar with how ion exchange filters work. What you may not know, however, is how they are leading the push towards more sustainable energy consumption in our transportation industries. Ion exchange filters and their systems are used in fuel cell coolant loops to remove ions in order to keep conductivity low.
Companies such as Honda and Toyota are mainstream manufacturers developing the technology today. In the conversion of hydrogen to electricity, the propulsion is endlessly green and proposes a real threat to battery electric powertrains of today. Mining for lithium ion battery materials such as nickel and cobalt can become costly and resources will ultimately run out. With hydrogen, we don’t have that problem!
Large scale transportation fleets such as Tesla Semi Fleets, Hyundai, and Kenworth Trucks Co. have started research and development of heavy-duty trucks. As seen on Tesmanian.com on the Tesla Semi, “Even if the trucks themselves are generally more expensive than diesel and gas trailers at about $150,000-$180,000 per unit, Tesla estimates that the vehicle will give owners about $200,000 in savings from fuel costs alone. This means that the payback period of the Semi could be as short as two years.” With many challenges ahead, but a hopeful future, you can also check out Jerry Hirsch’s article in Transport News to learn more about how the heavy-duty fuel cell industry is growing.
As businesses around the world pivot ideologies towards more sustainable practices, innovations like fuel-cell truck fleets and commercial transportations are changing drastically. The business of tomorrow can still be profitable, without the expense of planet earth.