Nissan, SiC devices for the adoption of Motor Vehicles to develop

Nissan Motor, SiC (silicon carbide) inverter device adoption of vehicle development and fuel cell vehicles “X-TRAIL FCV” with the launch of a driving test on Tuesday. The development of the inverter, SiC diode materials to use its own development.

5 mm ├Ś 5mm size of the chip, using conventional Si compared to the diode, diode 70 percent of the area to reduce the number of inverter circuits, improve energy efficiency by 20 percent to be successful. In addition, heat resistance and improved cooling system that can be simplified, compared with conventional inverter is 15 to 20 percent smaller and lighter it is possible.

The company has, SiC diode X-TRAIL FCV In addition to promoting the development of electric vehicles and hybrid cars can be built and the inverter and electric motor and battery vehicles, along with the development of key technologies Positioning and promoting the development of the inverter is used in transistors SiC devices to apply the plan aimed at further miniaturization

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This post was written by admin on September 16, 2008

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TAZ on ZBT opened on 15.09.08

It is unique in Europe and was by many industry partners who develop fuel cell products, repeatedly suggested: NRW-Minister of Economic Affairs Christa Thoben opened on 15 September 2008 nach nur eineinhalbj├Ąhriger Bauzeit das TAZ, das Test-, Applikations- und Assemblierungszentrum am Zentrum f├╝r BrennstoffzellenTechnik (ZBT gGmbH) in Duisburg. September 2008 after only eineinhalbj├Ąhriger TAZ the construction period, the testing, application and Assemblierungszentrum at the Center for fuel cell technology in Duisburg.

“To both fuel cell components as well as overall systems rapidly to the market, various fields of activity around the fuel cell bundled,” said the minister. The working fields of the new test and application center include production engineering, installation, commissioning, testing and evaluation of fuel cells, components and complete systems. All this with the goal of fuel cell technology economically and quality continue to develop.

“This unique pan-European offer complements the already excellent service offering North Rhine-Westphalia as a European fuel cell center. Unique is the concentration of diverse areas around the new products, “said Thoben.

With this new building project at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the strategic competence of North Rhine-Westphalia as an important energiewirtschaftliches and energietechnisches center in Germany consistently developed. Already today, the services of the ZBT by the industry in high demand. It is assumed that the institute with the help of the TAZ further long-term collaborations with industry partners will enter into to the fuel cell technologies with them to market and develop competitiveness. The establishment of a separate fuel cell production is not planned, which would be driven by the business partners with the support of the ZBT be realized.

The fuel cell and hydrogen technology on one of the promotion and development priorities of the provincial government in the energy sector. The activities of the country are under the established in 2000 “competence network fuel cell and hydrogen” the EnergyAgency.NRW organized and coordinated.

Together with the Ministry of Science, the Ministry of Economic Affairs so far over 80 projects with a total grant of 80 million euros for a total of more than 130 million euros. The ZBT since its founding member of the competence network, which is about 350 to a large extent medium-sized enterprises and research institutes. The aim is to the existing powers for the development of fuel cell systems and components as well as the production, storage and transport of hydrogen together more closely than before and new fields of competence to identify them.

Minister Thoben: “The many successes already achieved in the field of fuel cell and hydrogen technology in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany in 2010, we want to under 18 World Hydrogen Conference in Essen present. “To meet the high expectations of this conference needs, a new project, the NRW Hydrogen HyWay of Aachen on Cologne, Dusseldorf, Duisburg and Essen to the northern Ruhr area. Under its umbrella project, over 40 new project ideas, which currently concrete form. These include infrastructure, vehicle fleets, stationary and many special applications of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

Then 2010 not only the guests of the World Hydrogen Conference, but also the visitors of the European Capital of Culture Food fuel cell and hydrogen technology experience in North Rhine-Westphalia.


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This post was written by admin on September 15, 2008

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Morphic Impact result of new testorder from a leading vehicle manufacturers

Morphic Impacts Test Center in Tokyo has received an order for a further three test and verifieringsplattformar from one of the world’s five largest vehicle manufacturers. The order marks a significant step on the way to mass production of flow plates for fuel cells.

In February, 2008 established a Morphic Impact technology in Shin-Yokohama outside of Tokyo in Japan. At the same time, communicated to one of the world’s five biggest automakers booked the facility for the production cycles of fuel plates for cars. The cooperation follows a structured plan, and includes a number of steps in the form of the test and verifieringsplattformarThe first two platforms, manufactured in the spring has now successfully passed the critical quality tests as part of the project plan.

As a result, the customer placed a new order for three additional platforms. The platforms will be manufactured and delivered in the autumn and then be evaluated by the customer in the first quarter of 2009.

“Verifieringsprogrammet is extensive and demanding. The fact that we now take the next step with one of the world’s largest manufacturer of vehicle shows that we are in tune with our assessment of how the market for fuel cells develop. “Says Martin Valfridsson, CEO Morphic Impact.

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This post was written by admin on September 15, 2008


Mazda Motors renewed palette

With a renewal of its engine range and light engineering will the Mazda car manufacturers by 2015 the consumption of its car models by 30 percent. The first step is a newly developed 2.2-liter diesel engine, the Mazda6 in early 2009 premiere will celebrate. The engine is on the German market following the current 2.0-liter self after Igniter replace and in three performance levels of around 96 kW/130 hp to 136 kW/185 hp offered, with the top version of the beginning. Also still 2009, the engine also the range of only a thirsty petrol offered CX-7 SUV. With an average consumption of 5.6 litres per 100 kilometres in the Mazda6, the 185-hp version on the same level as its only 103 kW/140 hp predecessor.
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In addition to the consumption, it is primarily the smoothness and low noise level at high speeds, the new diesel concerned. During the trip on the highway, the top Mittelkl├Ąssler version of the Mazda6 easy ride in responding promptly to every command acceleration and can be hardly anything to hear from. Only when stop lights attentive driver hears a soft-on-ensuring round-nails. The acoustic restraint, inter alia, through improved insulation of the engine block and a new balance shaft.

The dimensions of the unit has undertaken the two-litre engine, little changed since the longer stroke offset by shorter connecting rods. Even the turbocharger of the common rail diesel, the engineers hand. The shovels were for a better passage and slightly bent. A revised injection increases the cash injection by 200 to 2 000 bar, the number of injections and the fuel and the Einspritzzeiten.

In addition to the already in the works from the band Hiroshima current 2.2-litre diesel 2011, there will be a further developed by Mazda self-ignition. By 2010, a new rotary engine with hydrogen drive under the name 16X on the market. Under the Spritsparprogrammes the Japanese also have a start-stop automatic, the new Mazda3 will celebrate its premiere. The startup process after the stop lights should be submitted as SISS (Smart Idle Stop system) twice as fast as go for products of competition because in addition to the launch by generator at the same time also the first ignition in one of the piston. At the same time, a reduction in vehicle weight of 100 kilograms and more for all new models from 2011. Dies soll vor allem durch die Verwendung neuer Materialien erreicht werden. This will be primarily through the use of new materials.

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This post was written by admin on September 15, 2008

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The cleanest SUV in the world

With fuel cell cars there are – at least as prototypes – almost like sand on the sea. Buy but these cars can still nowhere. However: There will be further researched. Almost all development departments of car manufacturers werkeln in a clean power package, which consists of hydrogen on board the cars for the power an electric motor. The second major trend for a clean future is the battery-powered vehicle that is his power – such as just so popular Tesla Roadster – at the outlet tanks.

Ford now goes a step further: Both technologies were in fact the first time together in a vehicle. The prototype is called Edge HySeries Drive, and SPIEGEL ONLINE, the models around the Ford Research Center in Aachen first time. It is the first serial plug-in fuel cell hybrid – which comes under the eierlegenden Wollmilchsau research vehicles already pretty close. On short-haul runs the single unit with power from the outlet. And if the charge of the lithium-ion battery is low, the onboard computer raises the fuel cell to the battery to eat.

Nur das M├Ąusekino f├╝r die Energieflussanzeige in der Mittelkonsole, der Strom- anstelle des Drehzahlmessers und nat├╝rlich der Blick unter die Motorhaube irritieren: Statt des konventionellen V6-Triebwerks steckt dort ein ├╝berraschend kleiner Elektromotor mit umgerechnet 88 PS. Only the mice cinema for the energy-flow display in the center console, power instead of the speed gauge and, of course, look under the hood irritate: Instead of the conventional V6 engine there is a surprisingly small electric motor with converted 88 hp. The same unit is also working on the rear axle – the Edge shall retain the four-wheel drive and comes up to 176 hp.

At the wheel of the car does spectacularly unspectacular. Because of the chemical factory and the power plant on board the driver feels nothing. Ever need to sharpen the senses when the SUV on the future is how each electric car, this Edge almost completely silent and accelerated with the two 230 Nm times faster than anyone expected. Although the alternative propulsion technology around 400 kilos on the scales and it takes only one course, the car is therefore almost sparkling. It accelerates in 9.4 seconds from 0 to tempo 100, in city traffic keeps loose, and also on the road you can feel hardly any difference. Only on the highway was really busy – because at 140 km / h for the electric motors final.

The fact that this Edge runs differently than a gasoline car, you can feel even when Brakes: First, because then the front electric motor acts as a generator and the battery feeds. And secondly, because the mass powerful and pushes the car only to press to stop. “But that is only a prototype,” a companion excused the unusual braking.

With a battery filling, the Edge on a range of 40 kilometers. And the 4.5 kilograms of hydrogen in the tank full enough to power for another 320 km to produce. Even the gas at a pressure of 350 bar stored. Doch arbeitet Ford an Tanks, die 700 bar verkraften. But Ford is working on tanks, the 700 bar handle. Then would the range to 450 km climb and the Edge to everyday car. Most customers, however, have probably never been as one of the rare hydrogen filling stations. “Many go on the day less than 40 kilometers,” says project manager Roland Krueger. “Who the Edge in the local garage or in the company parking lot at the outlet depends, it has quickly full.” The loading process takes four hours.


The combination of large and small battery fuel cell has two advantages Kruger. “First, the range, and secondly, the fuel cell in a very limited operating range. Therefore, it is less complex and thus little cheaper than other systems.” This is particularly important for Kruger. Because the price is in addition to the lack of infrastructure for hydrogen remains the biggest hurdle on the way to series maturity of this technology.

“The technical problems we will be in seven or eight years under control,” says Krueger, with a view to cold start behaviour, performance and durability of the fuel cell. But the costs were pressed, dauere it safe even longer. “Finally, we need the price nor to reduce at least one point.” Even then, a fuel cell car close to the pain threshold of what the customers today for a Ford to pay. But in recent months Kruger sees the cost issue increasingly relaxed: “The more expensive gasoline and diesel are, the easier it is for us later, the customer to change.”

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This post was written by admin on September 12, 2008