H2Origin: The fuel cell Peugeot already rolling

If virtually all manufacturers had their own model as a concept car at the Salon, much less of them had enough to show that it really works. Hence the idea of Peugeot, who invites us to carry out an exercise to practice putting their fuel cell vehicle. Come to the study center super secret for a few kilometers Poissy test, along with Marc Audiot, project manager of the vehicle CAP, that will perhaps will be the chain driving cars in 2015!

Peugeot H2Origin

Peugeot H2Origin

GENEPAC baptized by PSA, the fuel cell under the direction of Jean-Pierre Lisse and Olivier Salvat, is, like many developments at Peugeot-Citroen, practical and applicable in reality. Here it is not a stroke of marketing the Prius, but a concept offering a real alternative to fossil fuels. Choose hydrogen as an energy carrier, GENEPAC is a type of “range extender”, similar to the Chevrolet Volt.

A vehicle H2Origin a fuel cell of 20 kW is coupled to a battery pack capable of providing 15 kWh. So when the batteries are empty, the fuel cell, fueled by 4 kg of compressed hydrogen at 700 bars in a tank carbon composite, which recharges the batteries, allowing the H2Origin to continue its journey. And how it behaves there?

This is well led and much better than the improved golf carts that some have described as electric cars at the Salon! The engine produces 20 kW ample enough to bring the couple together at speed on small roads Yvelines. Well, it only remains to find a factor of 10 in terms of production costs PAC system and establish a network of hydrogen stations. Pending this, what would you have a small engine to replace the fuel cell story unblock the same as Chevrolet? Follow my gaze.

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This post was written by admin on November 8, 2008

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Ronn Motors’ Scorpion™ and H2GO™ Steals the Show [SEMA]

The SEMA Show in Las Vegas is not only the appointment of U.S. specialists tuning, but also of smaller artisans who want to show the world their latest achievements. Among these last, there Ronn Motor Company, came to Las Vegas with the Scorpion.

Scorpion gets 40 miles to per gallon (5.88 liters/100 km) and have a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h).

Ronn Motors Scorpion Fuel cell Hybrid

The Scorpion is looming as a powerful roadster design, with 1000 kg on the balance through the use of carbon fiber for its body, dressing a chassis tubular chrome-molybdenum. But this is not what is its main attraction. Indeed, the 3.5 Honda V6, developing 450 hp here with two turbos, is powered by a mixture consisting of hydrogen and gasoline, up from 30 to 50%, which itself is manufactured directly on board vehicle.



Ronn Motor Company has indeed main business is the sale of H2GO. This system produces hydrogen on board the vehicle carrying the electrolysis of water. A lot of water, and poof! That consumption greatly improved car: 40 mpg, or 5.88 l/100 km. However we have no details about the energy efficiency of the operation, but Ronn Motor expects to sell its system to other companies, including fleet managers, and proposes $ 999 with room.

The price of the Scorpion is different because it will cost you $ 150,000 for the standard model, which you can add an additional $ 100,000 to bring the power of 600 hp V6..

Source: Ronn Motors Scorpion Fuel cell Hybrid

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This post was written by admin on November 8, 2008

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A Ford Transit with hydrogen!

The utilities are also entitled to their green technology! Roush Technologies Ltd (car preparer specializing in commercial vehicles) and ITM Power plc (dedicated to hydrogen technology) work together on a project to circulate on roads in the UK vehicles powered by gasoline or with hydrogen.

They are based on the utility Ford Transit, with a 4-cylinder petrol engine 2.3 liters. The latter has undergone transformations to run on hydrogen: it has a compressor and 3 tanks of 4.5 kg of hydrogen (350 bars) placed under the chassis. It enjoys autonomy up to 217 km.

Ford Transit Hydrogen

Ford Transit Hydrogen

At their marketing, these green vehicles will be accompanied by a small electrolyzer (requiring a water supply and electricity) and transmits the compressed hydrogen tank for recharging. The electric car is no longer the only benefit from this type of fueling system! The initial target customers? Businesses and environmental organizations who wish to show their commitment in the fight against auto pollution.

Roush Technologies is responsible for changes in utilities and development of new units for the use of hydrogen fuel. ITM Power electrolyzers provides to enable motorists to generate their own green fuel. This partnership offers a comprehensive set of technology to customers.

(Photo Source: Roush Technologies Ltd, ITM Power plc)

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This post was written by admin on October 31, 2008

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Panasonic, a prototype fuel cell, 20mm thick and smaller modules

Built-in laptop and an external charger product prototypes

Panasonic, a small direct-methanol fuel cells to develop a prototype October 2008 to 22-24 was held in Fukuoka, “Hydrogen Energy Advanced Technology Exhibition 2008″ exhibition in the reference. The prototype of the laptop can be built into the fuel cell module, two USB mobile device charger output pins can be two models of external charger.

The two models in both fuel and pump to supply air in the form of active and the maximum output of 20W, a 10W average output. About 10 percent of the methanol fuel used for internal use and dilution. Therefore, subsidies for water tanks are built.

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This post was written by admin on October 30, 2008


Researchers create the basis for fuel-saving cars

High-performance batteries and fuel cells are key technologies for fuel-efficient vehicles. So they quickly go to market and their production takes place in Germany, the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW), 28 October in Ulm, a new research and development center with 1,000 square feet in operation.

In the presence of representatives of the German battery and automotive industries and the Mayor of the city of science, Ivo patrons, opened NilgĂĽn Parker from the Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development in the Technology Center.

The demand for low-emission vehicles is growing worldwide. Legal requirements such as national and international climate protection goals, CO2 tax, fine dust zones, downtown toll and long-term rising oil prices, the demand for cars with high fuel consumption burglarize.

The professional world is united. The desired objectives can only be equipped with modern high-performance batteries can be achieved. But the techniques are still too expensive and must be further developed. “Our technology center here sets new standards,” says Ulmer ZSW Board Prof. Dr. Werner Till Metz. “With him we can bridge the gap between today’s know-how and future requirements of the rapidly closing.”

In the highly specialized laboratories and workshops are art facilities for the manufacture of battery components, battery cells and prototypes with a new cell chemistry. Estates evaluate the test security systems and smart battery management techniques to prevent critical states of the highly complex energy. This improves the stability and security in extreme temperatures. The aim is high charge cycles and a lifespan of more than ten years. Fuel cells, the researchers tested, inter alia, the automation of production with robots. This reduces costs and prevents errors in the production.

Especially hybrid and electric cars, whether in combination with conventional internal combustion engines with electric drive exclusively or as a hybrid concept in combination with lower fuel consumption significantly. They are also open to the use of renewable energies. The German automotive industry sees this as an opportunity, their traditionally strong international competitive position in the future further.

High-performance batteries and fuel cells are not just for mobility of central importance: The batteries can store the fluctuating electricity supply renewable energies such as wind and sun balance. If necessary give them the power again. Fuel cells turn to heat in homes for heating and electricity more efficiently provide.

The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban promotes since this September in a model project to install 800 fuel cells in private single-and multi-family houses. The ZSW coordinated the project and evaluate it scientifically made.

The ZSW is one of the most renowned German research institutes in the fields of energy analysis, photovoltaics, renewable fuels, battery and fuel cell technology. For batteries and fuel cells, it is the largest independent research and technology center in Europe. It explores the last twenty years, electrochemical energy technologies and places them into marketable products around. At the three sites Stuttgart, and Ulm ram shed are currently around 150 scientists, engineers and technicians employed.

They generate a turnover of around 18 million euros.

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This post was written by admin on October 28, 2008