The first hydrogen station in the Czech Republic in 2009

Europe wants to support hydrogen technologies to reduce dependence on oil (see article): manufacturers are developing vehicles powered by hydrogen and infrastructure must be deployed in parallel (a network of refueling stations hydrogen).

Czech Republic
Well good news: the Linde Gas Group (a subsidiary of Linde AG specializes in industrial gases) and the Institute of Nuclear Research Rez (IRN, located near Prague) will use the first hydrogen station in the Czech Republic on ‘D8 motorway near Klicany (north of Prague) from 2009. Linde Gas will be responsible for the construction and supply of hydrogen.

Clarification: The IRN manages and funds a project of hydrogen buses in collaboration with the Czech Ministry of Transport and the European Union (estimated cost of 83 million Czech crowns (about 3.4 million euros). A the first vehicle, manufactured by Skoda Electric, Neratovice will be operational in the coming months.

The highway of hydrogen little man made his way!

(Source: Embassy of France in the Czech Republic Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic)

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This post was written by admin on November 13, 2008

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Hymer with fuel cell


By Jan Kretz Man With the motorhome for weeks in the wild and are still unable to electrical forgo comfort on board – a fuel cell makes it possible. The EFOY cell ( “Energy For You”) of the firm SFC replaces the conventional gasoline or diesel generator in camping vans. Fuel serves as methanol, an alcohol, the increasingly from renewable raw materials such as biomass or waste can be won. The fuel cell works in a similar attempt in a drive vehicles used hydrogen cells by oxygen intake arises from a “cold combustion” in the electricity out of the board of Battery A mobile camper feeds. The trick: The cell works also completely silent and emission-free, as the only “exhaust” is only a little water vapor, which led to the outside.

The manufacturer SFC offers for travel mobile fuel cells in four different power levels – depending on the size of the vehicle and power. Heating, lighting, music system – even for large appliances such as electric hair dryer’s power is sufficient. A “tank” with ten liters of methanol supply the motorhome up to four weeks with electricity. The methanol cartridges can have a Europe-wide network of existing dealers may be paid. The handy EFOY cells only weigh about seven kilograms and with a bit of skill can even be installed and connected.

The fuel cell in the suitcase format (left) is associated with methanol tank (right) in the space of the motorhome installed

Prices vary depending on the power between approximately 1900 to 3800 euros. Installed as standard are the mini-power plants already in some manufacturer’s Wohmobilen Rapido SAS, in the Hymer S-Class “is the fuel cell as an optional accessory.

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This post was written by admin on November 12, 2008

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The GM, hybrid vehicles and fuel cell vehicles debuted in Japan

“Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid” (left) and “Chevrolet Equinox”

General Motors Asia Pacific 2008 Japan on November 10 full-size hybrid SUV “hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe,” fuel-cell car “Chevrolet Equinox” open to the press. Environment and Energy for its efforts to explain the purpose of the two vehicles will be sold both in Japan.

Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid in the United States was released in 2007. U.S. General Motors (GM) and Germany’s DaimlerChrysler AG, Germany’s BMW co-developed “2 MODOHAIBURIDDOSHISUTEMU” drive. The origin of the name, for low-speed driving and high speed for the two modes are prepared.

Toyota “Prius”, such as single-mode hybrid vehicle, the engine and motor power output to match it to be significant, the motor vehicle exhaust and a large amount of. The two-mode hybrid for a high-speed mode to reduce the burden of the motor, the amount of exhaust of motor vehicles used in a compact, lightweight and compact system can have an advantage.

Mercedes-Benz’s midsize SUV “ML 450 HYBRID” with a two-mode hybrid, will be released in 2009. The 2008 Detroit show, BMW also equipped with the system of mid-size SUV based on “concept X6 ActiveHybrid” with displays will be put into practical use during 2009, he said. Models look at the two-mode hybrid midsize car to a heavy weight in the car suitable for large-scale systems.

Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid. The total length of the body size of 2007 x Overall width: 5130 x height 1955mm, vehicle weight 2647kg (4WD vehicles), full-size SUV

The engine room. In front of the orange parts have cable Power Control Unit

6L V8 engine, a smaller load suspended when the four-cylinder mode, and features a V4

MODOHAIBURIDDOSHISUTEMU of GM. Inside the transmission, two electric motors with built-in structure. 50 km/h zone to slow the engine running without a motor can only

Fuel-cell vehicles, “Chevrolet Equinox”

Fuel cell vehicles, “Equinox Chevrolet,” the United States and Germany in 2007, China and South Korea in the market test, and in fact already more than 100 vehicles running on public roads are common. Front-mounted fuel cell units, the highest output of motor 73kW, the maximum torque 320Nm. Filling of hydrogen in less than five minutes to complete, a tank of gas (hydrogen 4.2kg) can run at 320km. Has a maximum speed of 160km.

Fuel cell vehicles is Low start-up for the weakness, starting in sub-zero temperatures are possible. In addition to the fuel cell equipped with nickel-metal hydride batteries, regenerative braking during deceleration in the recovery of energy. GM in 2010 to compete with the internal combustion engine technology and fuel cells, and as a goal for the future, fuel cell vehicles to 1 million units sold in the world to achieve the first goal, it said.

The venue is announced, GM fuel-cell unit to supply the fuel cell vehicle Suzuki, “SX4-FCV” were also on display.

Equinox Chevrolet to the front, not the engine is equipped with fuel-cell unit

The mouth of the hydrogen charge. Filling in less than a full five minutes to complete

Meter panel of the cockpit, instead of the tachometer indicating the motor output meter placement

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This post was written by admin on November 11, 2008

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City Stromer Tazzari Zero

Battery or fuel cell – with this issue is currently VW. Also from Italy and China, there is news about hybrid and electric cars.

Hydrogen Energy Horizon

- Short confusion in electric car at Volkswagen. A VW-researcher was at a meeting with the saying: “We realized that the battery for long in the pure electric car is not enough.” Will be recommended as a fuel cell ReichweitenverlƤngerer. VW chief researcher Prof. Juergen Leohold clarifies now: On short-VW sees the e-car front, the path is longer, as in golf is a TwinDrive Nitro take over. Earliest after 2020 could, if appropriate infrastructure for fuel cells because of better energy density range for an acceptable guarantee.
- Three years worked meticulously the Italian machinery manufacturers Tazzari to an e-Mobil. Now is the Tazzari Zero (photo) completed a 542-kilogram Leichtmobil with lithium-ion battery and 150 km range. The Zero is up to 90 km/h fast and a three-phase socket in 45 minutes to be loaded. At the household outlet there should be a few hours. The price of Zero is still a mystery.
- The Chinese carmaker Geely plans to the London taxis to electrify. Geely is already co-owner of the black cabs “and in the home developed their own plug-in hybrid and electric cars.

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This post was written by admin on November 10, 2008


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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