Silver Rush: Precious Metal Powers Toyota & GM's Clean Speed Machines
Cleaner, Faster, Emission-Free: Toyota & GM Fuel Cell Growth Intensifies Silver Shortage
In a groundbreaking development, researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Lab, Stanford, and Toyota are turning the tables on traditional hydrogen fuel cell technology. Say goodbye to the pricey platinum catalysts, as silver emerges as a cost-effective game-changer, making fuel cells more accessible and practical for widespread use.
As reported by our sister channel Silver Star Academy Research
Silver Surpasses Platinum: The team's research demonstrates that silver can match the effectiveness of platinum in fuel cells, offering a more economical alternative without compromising performance.
Cost Reduction Revolution: This innovation is set to revolutionize the cost dynamics of manufacturing fuel cells. By substituting silver for platinum, the cost is expected to drop significantly, paving the way for more affordable and efficient fuel cell technology.
Driving Affordability: The ripple effect is already being felt in the automotive industry. Hydrogen fuel cell cars are becoming more budget-friendly, with Toyota taking the lead in ramping up production. GM is also stepping into the game, investing in the manufacturing of fuel cell trucks in Alabama, signaling a growing industry focus on this transformative technology.
Simplified Manufacturing: Silver's role as a catalyst not only slashes costs but also streamlines the manufacturing process. This dual benefit makes fuel cell technology a more viable and sustainable alternative to conventional gasoline and battery-powered electric vehicles.
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Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has unveiled plans to establish dedicated local business operations focused on hydrogen-based products within the continent. This strategic move is part of Toyota's commitment to a coordinated approach in the commercialization of hydrogen technology and systems across Europe, covering the entire spectrum from development and production to sales and aftersales.
Hydrogen Factory Europe Formation: TME will set up the Hydrogen Factory Europe to spearhead the comprehensive commercialization of hydrogen technology in the region.
Scope of Operations: The factory will play a pivotal role in producing fuel cell systems and fostering a wide array of commercial partnerships. This aligns with Toyota's overarching strategy to achieve carbon neutrality specifically in Europe by 2040, a decade ahead of the company's global target.
Next-Gen Fuel Cell Technology: Anticipated in 2026, the next-generation Toyota fuel cell technology is poised to deliver longer lifecycles, increased vehicle driving range, and a substantial reduction in costs.
Thiebault Paquet's Insight: TME Vice President and Head of Fuel Cell Business, Thiebault Paquet, emphasized the long-term confidence both Europe and Toyota have in hydrogen. He stated, "We will continue to develop fuel cell passenger cars and other light-duty vehicles while expanding our focus to heavy-duty transport to support the growth of a robust hydrogen infrastructure."
Carbon Neutrality Target: Toyota aims to achieve carbon neutrality specifically in Europe by 2040, aligning with broader global sustainability goals.
Market Expansion: Toyota anticipates Europe emerging as one of the world's largest hydrogen fuel cell markets by 2030, with a consistent acceleration in various mobility and power generation applications.
Testing and Learning: Toyota plans to leverage its network and collaborate with partners who share a similar approach to further develop and refine fuel cell technologies through rigorous testing.
Toyota's proactive steps to establish the Hydrogen Factory Europe underscore its commitment to advancing hydrogen-based solutions and contributing to the ambitious sustainability goals set for the European continent. The anticipated commercialization of advanced fuel cell technology in 2026 is a significant milestone in this journey, paving the way for more sustainable and efficient mobility solutions.
Above is the latest on silver in industry but we are concluding with a zinger on Silver’s Monetary Paradigm.
Think of USD/XAU and USD/XAG as foreign exchange trade rather than commodity trade. What they're fighting is not us. They're fighting the perceived weakness of the dollar. By manipulating the price of metals down, the value of USD seems higher. If the price of Gold and Silver were allowed to float freely, everyone would see the true (actual/absolute) value of the dollar for what it is. Nothing