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fuel cells 'need investment'

An environmental group and news provider has said that fuel cell technology has "massive potential" for the development of green fleets in the future. explained that there are some drawbacks to the technology but these are being worked on.

High costs of development and the lack of appropriate infrastructure for hydrogen refuelling were cited as two "stumbling block[s]", alongside criticism that it not all that green as hydrogen production generates large amounts of carbon.

"However, these hurdles are slowly being surpassed. It is possible to produce hydrogen from water using electricity from renewable energy," the website said.

"Indeed fuel cells are about twice as efficient as internal combustion engines and so this helps compensate for any energy loss in its production."

The EU recently set up the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative in order to conduct research and development into fuel cells.

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