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 Nilgün 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


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