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Hydrogen road tour runs up West Coast
he 2009 Hydrogen Road Tour recently covered 1700 miles (2700 km) over nine days as it made its way from southern California to Vancouver, BC. The trip provided a unique opportunity to see what the transportation future holds for clean, efficient hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. This year’s Tour was organized by the California Air Resources Board, California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), Powertech Labs (in British Columbia), the US National Hydrogen Association and the US Fuel Cell Council, and featured the participation of vehicles from seven major automakers. The expedition stopped in 28 communities along the route, mostly locations where hydrogen technologies – passenger vehicles, transit buses and hydrogen stations – will likely enter the market first. Vehicles were involved from Daimler, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai-Kia, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen – including several new models – as well as fuel cell transit buses at several stops. Air Products and Chemicals and Powertech Labs provided hydrogen fuel and mobile refueling stations.
Hydrogen Road Tour 2009: www.hydrogenroadtour.com National Hydrogen Association: www.HydrogenAssociation.org
The latest MidiBuses also have a new combined heat and power (CHP) feature that captures the heat generated by the PEM fuel cells to warm passengers during the cold winter months. Meanwhile, the Rampini Fuel Cell bus project, developed on the Italian Rampini ZEV platform, is approximately double the size of the hybrid MidiBus, and can hold more than 40 passengers. Additional models are expected to be ready for procurement after appropriate testing is complete. ‘Similar to the increasing traction we are seeing in North America with fuel cell powered buses, our strong, long-standing operations in Europe continue to move forward with bus rollouts, as demand for clean transportation alternatives increases,’ comments Daryl Wilson, president/CEO of Hydrogenics. Hydrogenics is already well established in US fuel cell bus activities, through its participation in three projects within the US Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program (NFCBP). The company recently sold another HyPM HD fuel cell power module for the Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium’s bus development project under this program [FCB, June 2009]. Hydrogenics is also supplying its HySTAT™ electrolyzers in Europe for fueling station applications, including a recent order for a bus fueling station in Barth, Germany in conjunction with Heliocentris Fuel Cells AG [FCB, June 2009]. Contact: Hydrogenics Corporation, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Tel: +1 905 361 3660, www.hydrogenics.com Or contact: Hydrogenics Europe – Fuel Cell Power Systems, Gladbeck, Germany. Tel: +49 2043 944133.
More Hydrogenics fuel cell buses for Europe
wo additional hybrid MidiBuses powered by fuel cells from Canadian-based Hydrogenics have entered operation in Germany. In addition, Hydrogenics has made significant progress with its Rampini Fuel Cell bus project, now planned to be commissioned this month in Gladbeck, Germany, where Hydrogenics has its European fuel cell operation. The two hybrid MidiBuses were purchased by Vestische Strassenbahnen GmbH, a regional urban transit authority located in Herten, as announced by Hydrogenics late last year [FCB, January 2009]. There are now ten Hydrogenics-powered MidiBuses in operation in Europe, based on a Tecnobus SpA electric bus platform.
Oorja secures two materials handling orders in California
n California, Fremont-based Oorja Protonics has received a purchase order from Super Store Industries (SSI), to install its OorjaPac™ units on SSI’s entire materials handling fleet operating in the freezer at its Lathrop facility. Oorja has also received a purchase order from Lodibased LPC for installing OorjaPac systems on its fleet of electric forklifts. Oorja is pioneering the commercialization of direct methanol fuel cells for forklift applications.