Horizon ships iPhone controlled i-H2GO fuel cell toy car

Horizon ships iPhone controlled i-H2GO fuel cell toy car

NEWS offers twice the power of the previous Jenny 600S model for faster battery charging, at almost the same size but with significantly reduced weigh...

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NEWS offers twice the power of the previous Jenny 600S model for faster battery charging, at almost the same size but with significantly reduced weight. The Jenny 1200 has been designed and matured in the context of the US Air Force award to SFC Energy last December, to qualify a production-ready 50 W fuel cell generator [FCB, December 2012, p1]. It builds on the mature platform of the successful Jenny 600S portable generator, and is based on SFC’s award-winning direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) technology for defence and security applications [see the SFC Energy feature in FCB, January 2013]. Pre-series models are available to defence organisations for evaluation and testing in a broad variety of defence scenarios. The new 50 W portable fuel cell generator features significantly faster battery-charging in the field. Unlike other miniaturised fuel cell generators, the Jenny 1200 comes with a maintenance-free lifetime of 2500 h. As a result, users benefit from stronger performance, shorter charging times, higher energy density, and reduced cost. Like all of SFC’s power generation and distribution products for defence applications, the Jenny 1200 integrates seamlessly into the company’s existing defence product family and all its energy networks and power solutions. The generator uses pure methanol, available in four convenient fuel cartridge sizes. SFC says that this offers market-leading energy density and enormous weight savings over fuel cell generator technologies using a conventional methanol/water blend. SFC Energy AG, Brunnthal/Munich, Germany. Tel: +49 89 673 5920, www.sfc.com or www.sfc-defense.com

Horizon ships iPhone controlled i-H2GO fuel cell toy car

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ingapore-based Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies has launched the advanced i-H2GO radio-controlled toy car. This new miniaturised hydrogen powered car comes with a solar or USB powered hydrogen refueling station and a photovoltaic panel. It is controlled through an interactive iOS app available on iTunes, compatible with iPhone or iPad. The i-H2GO car houses a hydrogen PEM fuel cell, supported by a rechargeable supercapacitor. The refueling station extracts hydrogen from water using a PEM electrolyser, and is recharged by plugging into the solar panel or a USB port. The iPhone app provides two modes for touchscreen interactive steering 8

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and throttle controls, one of which offers a ‘gyro’ feature that allows users to steer by tilting their device like a steering wheel. The i-H2GO will also be used as a science education product, since its transparent casing and LED lighting reveal the inner workings and chemical processes as they happen. The refueling station demonstrates production of hydrogen and oxygen from water through electrolysis, the car itself shows a working hydrogen fuel cell, and the PV cell demonstrates solar energy. The i-H2GO is available from the Horizon online store, and is also available for resale by distributors and retailers around the world. ‘We think the addition of smartphone and tablet controls is an exciting departure from the standard RC control unit and, best of all, users no longer have to worry about batteries,’ says Taras Wankewycz, founder and chief marketing officer of Horizon. Horizon is a leading developer of small-scale PEM fuel cells and electrolyser technology, with its systems used not just in toy and educational products, but also in fuel cell electric vehicles – such as the Microcab now in road trials in the UK [FCB, June 2013, p1] – and in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) [FCB, January 2011, p5]. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, Singapore. Tel: +65 6872 9588, www.horizonfuelcell.com

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Hyundai preps public hydrogen energy, fueling station in CA

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he California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded a $3 million grant to Hydrogen Frontier Inc, to build a new, 100% renewable hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric vehicles at Hyundai’s hydrogen energy generation and fueling station in Chino, east of Los Angeles. Under the project, all of the energy consumed in generation and operation of the station – and all of the hydrogen dispensed – will be purchased from a renewable energy provider. This upgrade will allow the station to produce at least 100 kg/ day of hydrogen, enough to dispense 6000–9000 hydrogen vehicle fill-ups per annum. The station will have the capability to produce hydrogen from water electrolysis onsite, while system pressures of 350 and 700 bar (5000 and 10 000 psi) will allow refueling of all fuel cell electric vehicles, including fast refueling. The station, situated at a Hyundai America Technical Center testing facility, will be located at

the site of an existing hydrogen station, originally constructed in 2005 to support Hyundai’s FCEV fleet [FCB, April 2005, p5]. The award is part of an $18 million CEC initiative announced earlier this summer [FCB, June 2013, p1]. On top of the $3 million rebuilding project funded by the CEC grant, additional funding provided by partners Hydrogen Frontier Inc, Powertech in Canada, and UK-based ITM Power will go towards modernising the facility to meet the latest industry standards for hydrogen generation, storage, and dispensing. The required completion date for the renovations is October 2014, at which point the fueling station will open to the public for the first time. The facility will be the first publicly accessible hydrogen fueling station in San Bernardino County. Production of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell car (known as the Tucson Fuel Cell in North America) began at the company’s Ulsan manufacturing plant in Korea in January, with the first complete car rolling off the assembly line on 26 February [FCB, March 2013, p2]. Hyundai is investigating potential demand for the Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle in the US market, particularly in California, where most of the hydrogen refueling infrastructure development has taken place. California currently has eight public stations, with 17 more in development. The California Fuel Cell Partnership aims to have 68 stations in place to support the larger rollout of FCEVs in the next few years [see the CaFCP feature in FCB, November 2009]. Hydrogen Frontier Inc: www.hydrogenfrontier.com Powertech: www.powertechlabs.com ITM Power: www.itm-power.com Hyundai, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: http://tinyurl.com/hyundai-fcevs California Fuel Cell Partnership: www.cafcp.org California Energy Commission: www.energy.ca.gov

IGX mobile refueling of fuel cell lighting unit at SF Airport

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he new H2 Fueling Services unit of industrial gases distributor IGX Group recently performed the first onsite hydrogen fueling of a Multiquip fuel cell mobile lighting unit at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). IGX’s innovative technology allows fuel cell mobile lights to be refueled without being moved, significantly increasing their operational time and convenience to the user.

September 2013