Alster-Touristik start the season with fuel cell boat (ZemShips)

Alster-Touristik start the season on Saturday in Hamburg . Included is the new fuel cell boat “FCS Alsterwasse (ZemShips)”. Gabriele Müller-Remer, managing director of Alster-Touristik GmbH said “We are optimistic after the test that these forward-looking technology, but also the demands of the regular cope” on monday.

As in the previous year, there will be no parade of white discharge Aussenalster (Outer Alster Lake in one of two artificial lakes within the city limits of Hamburg) fleet type. Reason, the construction of the subway line 4th Overall, the fleet comprises 18 vessels. Alster-Touristik back to the number of passengers around 13,000 to 443,000 in the 2008 season. A certain balance brought the punch and Fleet rides in the winter, the stronger than in previous years demand. The rise in prices this year: depending on the ticket by up to 1.50 euros.

The FCS Alsterwasse (ZemShips) is driven by an electric motor, of its electricity from emission-free fuel cell gets.

Source: ZemShips

Source: Alster-Touristik GmbH

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This post was written by admin on March 30, 2009


Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

The Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid is the second commercially available model of the manufacturer with hydrogen rotary engine. Since 2006, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE for the leasing business released, in contrast to the Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid, but it is only by its rotary engine and no additional electric motor on board.

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

The Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid features a series-type hybrid drivetrain, which combines Mazda’s hydrogen rotary engine with an electric motor. The engine output is converted to electricity, which then powers the motor that drives the wheels. This hybrid system boosts the hydrogen fuel range of the Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid to 200 kilometers, twice the range of the RX-8 Hydrogen RE, and increases the maximum output by approximately 40 percent, to 110 kilowatts.

The variant of the Mazda Series Hybrid drive combines the familiar hydrogen rotary engine, the push of a button on either gasoline or hydrogen (Dual Fuel System) is working with an electric motor. The system converts the energy derived from combustion engine into electric current, then the electric motor and thereby driving the vehicle.

Source: Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid

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This post was written by admin on March 27, 2009

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Daimler Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster

This car, equipped with modern technologies and futuristic, a source of inspiration for the first Benz history (from 1886)! The key word: high-tech combined with tradition!

Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster

Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster is an electric motor powered by a fuel cell located at the rear of a power of 1.2 kW (1.63 hp). Its top speed is low, it is 25 km/h and achieve an operating range of 350 km. It has large wheels. Found inside the vehicle the following elements: a joystick replacing the conventional wheel and bucket seats in carbon fiber.
According to Human Resources Board member and Labor Relations Manager Günther Fleig: “This project impressively demonstrates that the topic of sustainable mobility has become an integral part of our vocational training. I am delighted to see how much initiative and creativity the young people have put into this project.”

Source: Daimler Unveils Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster With Hybrid Drive

Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster

Mercedes-Benz F-CELL Roadster

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This post was written by admin on March 26, 2009

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High-speed Detroit-Lansing rail line envisioned

A company called Worldwide Hydrogen Super Highways says it has designed a magnetic-levitation rail line to run near existing highways between Detroit, Lansing and Ann Arbor.

The elevated rail line would use cars “built by Detroit Three automakers” that would use solar energy to power hydrogen batteries,  said Justin Sutton of Whitmore Lake, founder of Worldwide Hydrogen Super Highways, which has designed the rail system. The proposed speeds for the maglev train is up to 200mph (322km/h) although the Shanghai maglev easily reaches 268 mph (431 km/h) but hardly its full potential.

The magnetic rail cars would carry passengers, vehicles (like a ferry) and freight. Sutton said the rail line could be used by many private operators that own the cars, similar to railroads that are shared by railroad companies.

Source: Hydrogen Powered High-speed Detroit-Lansing

High-speed Detroit-Lansing

High-speed Detroit-Lansing

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This post was written by admin on March 20, 2009


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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