Nissan begins driving tests in vehicles equipped with a new fuel cell stack

Nissan-FCV

Nissan, 2009 February 25, the experimental vehicle equipped with a newly developed fuel cell stack, said it was cold and running experiments. Fuel cell stack is mounted in the 2008’s, the volume of the stack of conventional 3/4 and smaller, conventional 130kW and 90kW output increased from 1.4 times. The amount of platinum used in the more conventional 1/2 also enhance the durability of the catalyst and reduced to life and provides a significant cost reduction.

Experiments started in 2008 by driving this car from the end of 2009 in February and the cold test in the company’s test track in Hokkaido Rikubetsu are developed for the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. The company, in February 2009 to be held from 25 to 27 at Tokyo Big Sight “FC EXPO 2009 (5th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo)” and to exhibit a fuel cell stack

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This post was written by admin on February 26, 2009

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Mini helicopter as a life saver

New fuel cells for unmanned disaster helpers enables high performance with low weight
Scientists have produced a fuel cell that weighs only 30 grams and amazing twelve watt power supplies. It will in future unmanned mini-helicopters to drive, for example, in collapsed buildings looking for victims or contaminated area should explore.
This fuel cell has a sufficiently high performance, multiple cells must be in a row. Typically, the fuel cell stack manufacturers – several metal plates in a row-each with a channel for air and one for hydrogen. This structure makes the fuel cell stack difficult.
Lightweight and powerful
Jointly developed by researcher Robert Hahn, Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Micro Integration IZM and the Technical University (TU) Berlin is now the new miniature fuel cell that is easy and yet powerful enough to make a twenty centimeters large helicopters available. The high power density of 400 watts per kilogram achieved only much larger systems of several hundred grams

The system uses very thin fuel cells, in which lightweight plastic spacers from the metal plates to replace the weight and thus reduce the fuel cell. The rotor blades of the wind reaches directly into the air vents and ensure good ventilation. The hydrogen supply is carried out according to the scientists on a small reactor – similar to the aluminum beverage cans in miniature – in which solid sodium borohydride is located. Water is added to hydrogen.

Stable hydrogen production
Since a large part of the energy that is needed, the helicopter in the air to keep always the same amount of hydrogen produced: Would it be too little, the aircraft would crash, when over-production must be more “fuel” on board, which increases the weight .

A first prototype of the lightweight fuel cell, researchers have already developed – only slightly larger than a matchbox. Later this year will be the helicopters, with their power to stand out. In a further step, the scientists from the hydrogen production to regulate and even for a fluctuating energy interpretation. Then would the application of the fuel cell system significantly expand, such as for charging laptops and cell phones.

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This post was written by admin on February 21, 2009

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Sweden House, Eco-sale housing for families to use fuel cells and photovoltaic

House of Sweden (head office: Setagaya-ku, Tokyo), February 5, photovoltaic systems, fuel cells and gas companies to promote home “ENEFAMU” eco-house with a gas version of “HUS ECO II” ( EKOTSU HYUSU) announced that the April 1 release date.

Sweden House

Housing design and the comfort of both the gas and energy saving in air-tight high-insulation structure. Traditional products “HUS ECO” was all-electric design, “often used in hot water” “KODAWARITAI cooking gas,” “you want to use the heater heating the radiant heat floor heating and hot water heater panel” of users and requests, “Eco-power double” type set up.

Household fuel cell to supply power and hot water to the reaction of oxygen in the air and hydrogen gas, “ENEFAMU,” 2.92kw with both the standard residential photovoltaic system with power generation capacity. Next-generation energy-saving standards (135 square meters floor area, used gas), compared to 16 years to reduce utility costs 10,000 yen. 5167kg will also reduce annual CO2 emissions. Disposer to reduce the amount of garbage is also equipped with a rainwater harvesting system for outdoor watering.

Tokyo Gas Supply Area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama south) only in limited, prices are two-story project plan (Plan 50), 3.3 million yen per square meter to 76. February 1 and has already started accepting reservations from June 4 to sell at special prices until the end.

Sweden House Web site: http://www.swedenhouse.co.jp

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This post was written by admin on February 6, 2009

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Peugeot Flux Concept with hydrogen

Mihai Panaitescu, studying design at the I. E.D. Turin is the designer of the study ecological flow: he won the 4th Peugeot Design Contest. The Peugeot Flux is a concept car half green half roadster buggy. He is 3.50m long and 1.65 m wide. It has a passenger convertible and a dynamic form (mixture of straight and curved lines).

Peugeot Flux

It has a small zero pollution engine through a fuel cell with hydrogen at the rear and a hydrogen tank in the front. Side panels and bonnet are made of plastic, the chassis is metal, mechanical parts are trimmed in aluminum and polyurethane seats dress. This lightweight car is easily produced and accessible to all: it is easy to assemble thanks to its embedded structures.

Peugeot Flux Peugeot Flux


The Flux offers driving pleasure. The driver can ride in town, on mountain roads and sand. Passengers can even pass the time by having a game console Xbox 360. The source of inspiration for the name of Flux? Continuous change of our daily lives whether at work or in leisure activities. Six letters sum up the

philosophy of this vehicle: PLEASE (Pure driving pleasure through its Lightness and its Efficiency while remaining accessible and simple in its concept Ecologique).

Peugeot Flux

Peugeot Flux

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This post was written by admin on February 5, 2009

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Mercedes BlueZERO, 3 versions to show the versatility of the hybrid series

One of the outstanding cars of the Detroit Auto Show. This is a car that is unique and multifaceted, since although it is a concept car, either by defining a single model, it exists in 3 distinct versions, with performance just as distinct. Initially, the series hybrid architecture. This has nothing to do with the Toyota Prius, where the success of the hybrid architecture based on a parallel development of highly accurate, with very little room for improvement, or even change.

Concept BlueZERO0

Mercedes suggests that here is an electric car, with 3 ways to provide electricity that will move the vehicle. It could even invent your own with a gas turbine, or 4 small Chinese cycling and lead to a dynamo, but it would take up much space … When the second goal of Mercedes is to show the interest of its chassis sandwich. Although not new, as already used on all Class A and B. Finally, this concept illustrates what could be the next generation of Class B, with a style that the least we can say is that it is daring.

Concept BlueZERO0

Concept BlueZERO

Concept BlueZERO

Concept BlueZERO

Concept BlueZERO

The base is a front-wheel drive with an electric motor in transverse

position, and what is changing is the way to provide electricity. In the E-Cell is a Lithium-Ion battery with a capacity of 35 kWh, it can go 200 km. The F-Cell then, has a fuel cell (PAC) and 3 hydrogen tanks that can do 400 km. In the E-Cell More

Finally, a small petrol engine (the Smart Fortwo) associated with a

generator to recharge the battery while driving, autonomy reaches the 600 km. Schematic models of the 3 below, in that order.

Each solution has its advantages and disadvantages, as its advocates and detractors. Acceleration and peak speed are identical in the 3 cases, they are very average with a 0 to 100 km/h in 11 s by an electric motor of 70 kW (100 kW peak) is self – that makes the difference. Not forgetting also the time to recharge. A full hydrogen or gasoline takes 2 minutes, while the electric version, Mercedes says it takes 4 hours on a 220 V 32 A, which is roughly the maximum that can be found in an individual.

3 But it is difficult to say that 2 is superior to others, you can just

Concept BlueZERO

Concept BlueZERO

remove the hybrid gasoline since it is not zero emission. But Mercedes does not take a position, he shows he can do 3. And as customers, energy suppliers and political leaders agree to determine who should have the great future. Mercedes has for him a big decision to be taken at the design: it must adopt as original lines for future small Mercedes? The new head of design at Mercedes, Gorden Wagener, will not slow to point out..

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This post was written by admin on February 2, 2009

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