The Suzuki SX4-FCV hydrogen all

The Japanese manufacturer Suzuki swinging a green card in the World 2008: it sets its prototype called SX4-FCV (5 seats), a car with a fuel cell with hydrogen (108 kW ch/80) it developed with the U.S. manufacturer General Motors. In June 2008, he received permission from the Japanese Ministry of Transport (Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT)) test on Japanese roads this innovative green vehicle. The objective of this test drive: collect data on vehicle technologies and study the influence of traffic conditions and driving.

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Suzuki SX4-FCV

The technical characteristics of the Suzuki SX4-FCV are as follows. It has a reservoir hydrogen under high pressure (70MPa). Its electric motor develops a power of 68 kW. Its supercapacitors capture energy from regenerative braking. The SX4-FCV enjoy an autonomy of 250 km and a speed of 150 km / h. Its measurements? 4190 x 1730 x 1585 mm and a wheelbase of 2,500 mm. For comparison, it is still far from the performance of Nissan X-Trail FCV equipped with a fuel cell with hydrogen, with an autonomy of 500 km (see article).

Antares DLR H2

Suzuki SX4-FCV

Clarification: Suzuki has also introduced its SX4-FCV with hydrogen at the G8 Summit (bringing together heads of state of most industrialized countries of the World) held from 7 to 9 July 2008 at Lake Toya on the island of Hokkaido in Japan.

Antares DLR H2

Suzuki SX4-FCV

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This post was written by admin on October 11, 2008

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Antares DLR H2

The research aircraft Antares DLR H2 is the world’s first bootable, airplane pilot with fuel cell propulsion. It is based substantially on the last few years built boat Antares 20E. In two additional external load containers will be the fuel cell system and the hydrogen tanks under the wings for increased appropriate. In further steps could the performance data of the plane with up to four external load containers and more advanced fuel cells still significantly increased.

Developed and built the high-flying testbed project partners from Long Aviation in Zweibruecken. As the primary source of energy for propulsion is one of the DLR Institute for Technical Thermodynamics specially provided fuel cell system. This system is nearly identical to that used in aircraft fuel supply system for board and provides the electrical energy for the Long Aviation developed powertrain, from the power electronics, motor and propeller exists. The use of a highly efficient fuel cell (efficiency up to 52% electrically) with the hydrogen fuel makes driving this airplane CO2 released. The waste product is clean water.

Antares DLR H2

Antares DLR H2

It is expected that the pairing of the fuel cell with a very quiet and powerful electric propulsion small plane in comparison with piston-driven engines set new standards in the fitness level requires. The project impresses by bringing together interdisciplinary activities. To a very economical flight to allow the entire aircraft is technically optimized flow. The goal is turbulent air currents in all areas to be avoided.

Long Aviation, the company is making a long-standing experience with. The integration of the experimental vessel was both aerodynamically aeroelastic both a challenge by the solid experience of the Institute for Aeroelasticity of the German Aerospace Center, an optimal placement of the containers can be achieved. This is the dynamics of the airplane is not affected. The additional air resistance on the Antares 20E model series are less than 15% and with a potential additional burden of more than 200kg.

Antares DLR H2

Antares DLR H2

When the coupling of the fuel cell powertrain system with the new routes were also begun. The fuel cell system was designed so that it directly with the engine control unit can be connected. The components and saves costs and increases efficiency. Therefore, both the Institute for vehicle concepts of the DLR as well as the Bern University of Applied Sciences Biel and the Long Aviation an important contribution. A subsequent hybridization with a lithium-polymer battery will power the aircraft continue to improve. The result is a high-tech makers of a variety of architectures of fuel cell systems can absorb. These can then be luftfahrtrelevanten conditions such as pressure, temperature, acceleration and vibration tested.

For the first flight at the end of this year, a fuel cell system in cooperation with the firm BASF Fuel Cell GmbH (electrolyte + electrodes) and Serenergy A / S (Stack Subsystem) for the airline upgraded. That was at the Institute of Technical Thermodynamics alongside overall system architecture design and build a whole range of temperature and pressure measurements.

With a specially designed control architecture Algorithm shows this is a very good weight / performance ratio, an important criterion for the airline. Upon completion of the first tests, which are aimed at a maximum altitude and thus a minimal negative pressure to reach the fuel cell system developed for maximum efficiency in converting fuel energy into electrical energy to guarantee. Now the entire fuel cell system used and the hydrogen tank weigh about 100 kilograms. Thus, only half of the additional burden exploited. This offers a high potential for the aircraft for possible flights record (height, width, etc.) compartment.

To make a comparison to be able to stand further fuel cell systems and architectures prepared to your airworthiness to be investigated.

20m/65 span, 6p.d
Wing area 12.6 m2/135ft2
The main body length of 7.4 m/24, 3f
POD length 2,87 m / 9.43 ft
POD diameter of 0.6 m / 1.97 ft
Curb weight around 460kg/1014 lb
Weight around 60kg fuel cell system
BZ operating system in flight <-45 ° C to 40 ° C
Maximum weight of 750kg DLR H2 (> 900kg in 4 POD version)
Range> 750km (> 2000km in 4 POD version)
Max fuel cell power system around 25kW (up to 45kW in 4 POD version)
Continuous power fuel cell system> 20kW
Max attainable height>> 3000m />> 10000ft
Max climb speed (560kg)> 2.5 m / s (with 25kW)

DC / DC Brushless
Maximum power> 42 kW
Rated 1500 1/min
Maximum speed 1,700 1/min
Max torque 216 Nm
Total Efficiency 90%

Antares DLR H2 Video (12.01 MB)

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This post was written by admin on October 6, 2008

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The implementation of the NIP has started

On 23.09.08 met for the fourth time the General Assembly of the “Strategy Council hydrogen fuel cell” in the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs. In addition to a Message from Wolfgang Tiefensee was the representatives from politics, science and industry especially the current state of implementation of the NIP and the presentation of the first lighthouse projects in the area of mobility (CEP) and stationary applications (CALLUX) reported.

National Innovation Program hydrogen and fuel cell technology (NIP), jointly with representatives from politics, science and industry created to market the preparation of these technologies to support it. With the founding of the National Organization Ltd. NOW hydrogen and fuel cell technology in February 2008 and the publication of the promotion in June 2008 were the preconditions for the implementation of the NIP created. The range of projects ranging from component development system tests up to the everyday operation of hydrogen and fuel cell applications, the applicants include scientific institutions, startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) but also large corporations.

More than 100 projects in all fields of application are currently being intensively discussed. In the transport sector in particular within the framework of the Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) vehicle fleets of the next generation prepared and put into operation. The necessary hydrogen infrastructure will be expanded and the first projects for hydrogen production based on the results of the study GermanHy concrete. In the field of stationary applications are lighthouses for domestic energy, for the industrial cogeneration and in the naval field started or in planning. In the specific markets it will be demonstration projects for the board power to special vehicles to critical power and a range of other applications.

“We are delighted that with the launch of the first lighthouse projects, the implementation of the NIP has started” said Klaus Bonhoff, managing director and spokesman of NOW MORE GmbH lighthouse projects, including in the field of special markets will soon follow. “This is a crucial step to strengthen leadership in Europe and the international competitiveness of Germany in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology,” said Bonhoff further.

National Innovation Program hydrogen and fuel cell technology (NIP)

The NIP has been preparing the market for hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the fields of transport, domestic energy applications, industrial applications and specialized markets as a strategic alliance of federal ministries (BMVBS, BMWi, BMBF and BMU) with industry and academia formulated. With the NIP, designed as a ten-year program (2007-2016), research and development and demonstration activities and market preparation targeted and effective suppor. Together with the financing by the industry in funding from 1.4 billion Euro available.

NOW Ltd.

The National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology GmbH has the task by 2016 the “National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology” (NIP) of the Federal Government to coordinate and implement. These include the evaluation and selection of projects, especially for the demonstration activities, the linkage of research and development with the demonstration, international cooperation, communication and knowledge management.

NOW operates a continuous process of consultation with all stakeholders: responsible ministries and their promoters, industry, research institutes, federal and local initiatives. Through the overall coordination of a hand is a targeted development of the hydrogen and fuel cell technology at the national level to international competition. NOW is so central point of contact for the whole of hydrogen and fuel cell industry in Germany.

Source: NOW Ltd.

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This post was written by admin on October 6, 2008

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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell project started Callux

Instead collector on the roof: hydrogen power plant in the basement. Federal Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, the pilot project “Callux” for domestic energy supply before.

Tiefensee: “We encourage the fuel cells for home. About 800 highly efficient heaters are nationwide in basements of private single-and multi-family houses and installed over a period of eight years for their practicality tested. The goal is to fuel heaters in 2015 at the market, a real alternative to conventional devices to create. The fuel cell technology brings the highly efficient combined heat and power in every house. It produces electricity and uses the waste heat than useful. This saves up to 30 percent of primary energy, “said Federal Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee, on the occasion of the launch the hydrogen project Callux.

For Callux have energy suppliers and manufacturers heaters with the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban together to practice in a large-scale test the use of stationary fuel cells in the building sector on a trial basis. Serves as fuel gas, which is converted to hydrogen. Through the production of electricity and heat will increase the efficiency of the energy considerably.

Tiefensee: “Energy is a scarce resource. The prices will keep rising. I want housing and mobility for all remains affordable and long-term supply of energy is guaranteed. We will initiate the energy turnaround. The fuel cell technology will bring us this goal is a big step closer. “

Callux comprises a consortium from all over Germany. The National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) is the cooperation of heaters manufacturers (Baxi Innotech, Hexis, Vaillant, Viessmann) energy suppliers (EnBW, E. ON, EWE, MVV, VNG) and science (Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Stuttgart) coordinate.


The total volume of the project amounts to 86 million euros. The BMVBS participates with around 40 million euros. Overall, the BMVBS in the next ten years, 500 million euros for the promotion of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the National Innovation Program – short NIP – available. These funds are attached to the commitment of the industry linked to at least the same amount in the implementation of the NIP to participate. Together with existing programs of the Economic and Research Department will get a long-term program with a total volume of around 1.4 billion euros.

Tiefensee: “The successful launch program shows that by building strategic partnerships in programs targeted investment commitment and willingness of industry risk in the market preparation of future technology can arouse. Callux is only the first step. I do I ensure that we have a similar Launch program on battery technology start.”

Source: BMVBS

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This post was written by admin on September 26, 2008

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Kia shows Kia Sportage FCEV in Paris

At the Paris Motor Show 2008 (Mondial de l’Automobile, Public days October 4-19) Kia Motors presents the first world public the new Kia Soul. In a separate “Soul World” will be heavily customizable crossover model in seven versions to be seen. An eighth copy of the study Kia Soul hybrid, shows the Korean brand its “green area” ( “Green Zone”) along with other environmentally friendly Kia premieres: the Kia cee’d ISG with start-stop system, the study hybrid and fuel cell study Sportage FCEV

Kia Sportage FCEV

In its “Green Zone” at the Paris Salon Kia Motors presented its latest developments in the field of environmentally friendly technologies. While the Kia Soul hybrid, the cee’d hybrid and fuel cell vehicle Sportage FCEV studies yet to act, the cee’d ISG soon on the road to be seen: the new start-stop system ISG (Idle Stop & Go) is from the beginning of 2009 for the cee’d petrol versions available. ISG the engine automatically switches off when the vehicle stops, and immediately again when the driver pressed the clutch pedal. The start will not be delayed – but the fuel consumption and pollutant emissions in city traffic by up to 15 percent.

Also seen is a study of the compact Kia Sportage SUV with fuel cell technology. The 100 kW/136 hp cell feeds a lithium-polymer battery, with an electric motor is coupled. The maximum range of the vehicle should amount to around 300 km. Moreover, the Koreans show in Paris in the series version of the Soul and a start-stop automatic systems for the compact ceed.

As part of the program for Kia fuel-cell research was the Kia Sportage FCEV many tests and continuously. Kia now presents the prototype of the new Kia Sportage FCEV at the Paris Salon – the European premiere for the compact SUV with fuel cell propulsion.

The Sportage FCEV is thus more powerful, has a much larger range of 300 kilometers and a cold start better qualities, is also in cool regions and seasons operational. The Sportage FCEV has a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, the Kia Motors has been developed.

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This post was written by admin on September 26, 2008

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