Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘fuel cell’

Toyota Plans to Sell Hydrogen Powered Cars in the Future, but the Challenge of a Related Infrastructure Remains

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 marzo 2012

Today’s announcement from Toyota regarding the plan to focus on hydrogen-powered cars in the future will definitely make other OEMs sit up and take notice. Fuel Cell programmes have been underway with many OEMs such as Daimler and Honda in the recent past, but the key difference in the announcement made today is the sheer volumes Toyota commands globally. Toyota has always delivered what they promised, of which Prius is proof, and there is no reason to doubt Toyota’s commitment towards the production of their first fuel cell vehicle as planned in 2015.However, the real challenge going forward will be the infrastructure for re-filling hydrogen commercially. Europe and North America will be the primary markets for Toyota when they start selling the fuel cell models and it becomes even more important to establish infrastructure because OEMs in the past [BMW] have had to shelve their grand plans simply because of lack of infrastructure. It would make good business sense to initiate alliances with potential partners to develop hydrogen filling station infrastructure in the next 2 years. Hydrogen storage, both in the vehicle and in re-filling stations requires complex systems and the associated costs can be shared by partners based on varied business models, very similar to what Electric Vehicle OEMs are offering / developing now. The cost of manufacturing fuel cells has to be brought down for this technology to become economically attractive. Finally, it is the combination of both availability of models and hydrogen re-filling stations that will determine the future of Toyota’s plans. Toyota will need to look at developing the latter sooner than later.
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Con l’idrogeno verso il traguardo

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 maggio 2009

Il Politecnico di Milano punta su nuovi record alla competizione che premia i prototipi a basso consumo energetico. Nozze d’argento per la Shell Eco-marathon, la competizione dove non conta arrivare primi ma percorrere la maggiore distanza possibile con la minore quantità di carburante, per sviluppare soluzioni innovative a favore del rispetto ambientale. Alla gara, che si svolge dal 7 al 9 maggio presso il circuito Eurospeedway di Lausitz (Germania), partecipano studenti e ricercatori  provenienti da tutta Europa.  Tra le 200 squadre in pista, ritorna XTEAM, un gruppo di 25 studenti coordinato dalla Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, con ARTEMIDE, prototipo a basso consumo alimentato a idrogeno. Un elettrolizzatore di ultima generazione consente la generazione di corrente elettrica a valle della fuel cell utilizzando fonti rinnovabili, quindi ad impatto ambientale nullo.Nel suo duplice ruolo di progetto ambientale ed educativo la Shell Eco-maraton è un vero trampolino per i giovani progettisti, dove la ricerca condotta in vista della sfida “verde” permette ai team di sviluppare non solo una forte coscienza ambientalista, ma soprattutto quelle tecnologie che un giorno potrebbero essere impiegate su scala industriale per migliorare la resa energetica dei veicoli di serie.

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