DOE: $41.9 Million to Spur Growth of Fuel Cell Markets

DOE (Department of Energy): $41.9 million to spur growth of fuel cell markets. This investment, transportation and consumer devices, such as backup power for home and industrial projects will be used. Each of the 13 projects, each project is related to fuel cell-powered forklifts.

FedEx Freight East: $1.3 million.

Jadoo Power: $1.8 million.

PolyFuel: $12.5 million.

Delphi Automotive: $2.4 million… etc.

Source: Department of Energy

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This post was written by admin on April 20, 2009


Popular appeal of cutting-edge environmental technology

Machine Industry Memorial Foundation (TEPIA) is more of Tokyo Kitaaoyama “TEPIA Plaza” exhibition in the “Technology Pavilion @ TEPIA” renewal and replacement of the contents of the exhibition.
Environmental technology are especially focused on exposure to the renewal. For example, being developed by Daihatsu and demonstration of fuel cells do not require a platinum catalyst, and equipment to oil and oil on the bench for the recycling of polyethylene and polypropylene or “Be-h” (with breast) and on display that. Daihatsu fuel hydrazine as fuel and water pressure, Ni and Co on the electrode (related article). Demonstrations are run on a motor vehicle models showcased Toyako Summit, a 10% concentration of hydrazine added to water to 300ml of an 8 hour drive. The “Life and Communications” in the cluster, which exhibits improved life support robot. And the rehabilitation robot arm developed by the Laboratory for Yano, Gifu University, 2008 and has been released into the care robot.

Daihatsu's fuel cell

Daihatsu’s fuel cell demonstration Pt no. Hydrazine in 300ml of water pressure to run eight hours.

Source: Advanced Technology Exhibition Hall

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This post was written by admin on April 14, 2009

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Future Drive: Hydrogen-diesel from BMW

Engineers from the BMW developed a new cylinder head for hydrogen operation based on a production diesel engine. BMW designed high pressure injectors for direct injection of hydrogen into the combustion chamber with pressures of up to 300 bar, nearly 4500 psi. With the diesel base, however a much better efficiency, with the new technology reached 42 percent and this is on the level of conventional self-ignition. The series using the new technology are technical side, according to Development Director Falk Gerbig no insurmountable obstacles contrary.

The project H2BVplus, an H2-ignition combustion process as a possible cars propulsion of the future will be further investigated. With regard to performance and efficiency can be distinguished from conventional diesel interesting aspects derived. The H2-ignition concept is to increase the efficiency and specific performance is expected.

Still holds the BMW hydrogen combustion because of the relatively low technology and low cost space, particularly for a good alternative to hydrogen fuel cells


BMW hydrogen-diesel (H2BVplus Hydrogen Combustion Engine)

H2BVplus Hydrogen Combustion Engine

BMW hydrogen-diesel (H2BVplus Hydrogen Combustion Engine with Laser Measurement Equipment )

H2BVplus Hydrogen Combustion Engine with Laser Measurement Equipment

BMW hydrogen diesel (3D-CFD Simulation Hydrogen High-Pressure-Injecto)

BMW hydrogen diesel (3D-CFD Simulation Hydrogen High-Pressure-Injector)

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Range and cost information of fuel cells (FC EXPO 2009)

An important issue for fuel cell vehicle at the moment, “range”, “sub-zero start”, “FC improving the durability of the stack” and “cost reduction” in the fourth.The range is as was mentioned earlier, on par with gasoline vehicles already achieved more than 500km. Loss and loss of electrical energy and heat loss of the inverter stack 15 percent reduction by increasing the amount of regenerative energy of the vehicle, model year 2005 about 25 percent more fuel economy improvement. The addition of hydrogen filling pressure from 35MPa and 70MPa, about the amount of hydrogen can be used to expand the volume of the 1.9-fold improvement.

“Between 2008 – Tokyo, Osaka (560km), was able to finish filling in the actual use conditions and no air conditioning. After the fuel has been left to finish, and later were able to estimate the road about 250km I “(Mr. Masuda)

“Starting below zero” for the problem is almost solved. The fuel cells produce energy to produce water with Originally, the system starts to freeze it in below freezing water was a major challenge. The supercooled state of water – the frozen state before solidification of water – sustainable technology, and the matter settled. Today, Toyota and other manufacturers, minus minus 25 ℃ and 30 ℃ of the system can start. “We went to the testing of the Canadian Arctic. Minus 30 ℃ following morning, it was minus 25 ℃ day following a cold place, I could start without any problems no” (Mr. Masuda)

“FC Stack Durability improvement” in reducing the degradation by chemical and physical endurance has improved steadily. The current challenge is to curb further deterioration catalyst and electrode.

The challenge is the most popular, and “cost reduction”.

Of the possible measures, the larger two. First, in the field of design, and simplification of the FC system to smaller and lighter stack. Then, in the materials sector, in cooperation with materials manufacturers, FCHV promote low-cost construction material of the car. This ultimately cost Mr. Masuda’s tenth goal of the talks. Particular challenges, FC, and reduce the amount of platinum and other precious metals used in the stack, both increasing efficiency and compact, complete with cheap how to enable the high-pressure carbon fiber tanks to take a driving range.

And resolve issues, and Masuda 2015, aims to spread to the general public will begin to speak, concluded as follows.

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This post was written by admin on March 12, 2009

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DLR succeed solar hydrogen production

Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to produce hydrogen in a 100-kilowatt pilot plant by solar energy and regenerative CO2-free

Hydrogen can be used as fuel in the future a significant contribution to the energy industry afford. Scientists at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), it is now the first time succeeded in this important energy source in a 100-kilowatt solar pilot plant through regenerative CO2 and thus free to produce.

Solar energy is by far the most widely available energy resource on earth. Hydrogen is again with its high energy density is an excellent energy source, also arise during its combustion only water and heat. Already more than six years deals the Solar Research of DLR-Institute for Technical Thermodynamics in the framework of EU projects Hydrosol I and II with the development of innovative reactors for solar, thermo-chemical water splitting. With these reactors is water by solar energy – without the detour via the electricity – into hydrogen and oxygen divided. Now could so far in the 10-kilowatt power range of research results shown successfully on a 100-kilowatt pilot plant to be transferred.

The Spanish on the Plataforma Solar de Almeria (PSA) plant is installed with a novel solar reactor, and it was only in the spring of this year officially inaugurated. With their size and automation, it is already an important prototype for future industrial plants dar. DLR developed the reactor technology for the facility. The reactor is concentrated solar radiation at 800 to 1200 degrees Celsius control. At these temperatures will then won hydrogen from water.

“Solar Hydrogen is CO2-free energy

Regenerative production of hydrogen from solar energy and the associated storage of solar energy into chemical energy that are of great technical and economic interest to the energy industry. After a thorough qualification of the solar thermal tower plant in the summer of this year, the plant recently for the first time with Solarabsorbern equipped, by a special coating are able to divide water and thus CO2-free hydrogen to produce.

The path to commercial application

The successful solar hydrogen production represents a significant milestone in the ongoing Hydrosol II project which, given the already initially achieved the hydrogen yields far exceeded expectations. In the next few months, the tests for hydrogen production on the so-called SSPS Tower (Small Solar Power System) of the Plataforma Solar de Almeria continued and intensified. The focus is primarily the optimization of operating conditions and the efficiency of the plant. Further tests with alternatively coated Solarabsorbern should then pave the way to the most suitable materials show.

The design of the 100-kilowatt pilot plant based on a modular concept. It is a further upscaling of this technology to the megawatt-scale readily available. This can be achieved by multiplying the existing reactor units and connecting Heliostat fields (mirror-burning fields) of appropriate size, as they already have, inter alia, in Spain to generate electricity commercially used to happen.

The hydrogen yield of the DLR is proceeding with thirty percent in the pilot plant considerably, according to DLR will in future installations “up to 80 percent” yield possible.

The project will Hydrosol by an international consortium with participants from Germany, Spain, Greece, Denmark and Britain carried out. The research and development work on Hydrosol I have been because of the potential far-reaching consequences, including the Descartes Research Prize of the European Union and the Technical Achievement Award from the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy excellent.

The DLR Institute for Technical Thermodynamics in solar research is one of the world’s leading institutions in the field of concentrating solar systems. The aim is, together with industrial partners concentrating solar systems for heating, electricity and fuel production for sustainable energy development. Besides testing facilities and laboratories in Cologne and Stuttgart, the team of researchers by a permanent delegation on the spot access to the biggest European test center for concentrating solar technologies, the Plataforma Solar de Almeria in Spain.

Source: DLR

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This post was written by admin on November 29, 2008