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China Unveils Fuel Cell Light Rail Train

China has been making great strides in mass transit in the past year.  They're building a huge Asia-Europe rail network, rapidly expanding their national high speed rail lines and have unveiled the world's fastest high-speed train.  The country has now revealed a fuel cell light rail locomotive for local, city-wide and suburban transportation.

The locomotive was developed by the China North Vehicle Yongji Electric Motor Corporation and the Southwest Jiaotong University.  The train is powered by a permanent-magnet motor and hydrogen fuel cells that run a synchronous motor and frequency converter.  This set up allows the train to produce and use power very efficiently while also cutting down on vibrations and noise.

The magnet motor out-performs traditional motors while reducing energy use by 10 - 20 percent.

via Inhabitat

Portable Solar Power Plant, Water Purifier and Fuel Cell in One

In many areas of the world, and also during times of natural disasters, clean drinking water and viagra for women access to click here levitra for women power are scarce.  The company The Essential Element has designed the cialis uk Hydra water purifier and fuel cell to take care of both of those problems at once.

The Hydra is equipped with a 2.88 kW solar panel array that runs a pump that pushes water through a self-cleaning filtration device (capable of purifying 87,000 liters a day), juices up lead-acid gel batteries and runs an electrolyzer that splits some of that water to fill a .37 cubic-meter tank with pressurized hydrogen.

The fuel cell can be used to power communication devices or a camp stove.  The whole device can easily be set up and collapsed for easy transport and includes PV mats that can be plugged into the device for extra power.

via Phyorg

Lung-Inspired Fuel Cell Cuts Platinum, Boosts Efficiency

Scientists at the Norwegian Academy of just try! buy viagra 50 mg Science and Letters have designed a new fuel cell inspired by the bronchial structure of the lungs.  The new design requires less of the expensive platinum catalyst while also boosting efficiency.

The fuel cell features channels modeled after bronchial tubes that supply hydrogen and oxygen to their respective electrodes.  This system spreads the gases more uniformly across the electrodes, which boosts the cell's efficiency and buy levitra without a prescription creates greater surface area so that less platinum is required.

Hydrogen fuel cells are still too cost prohibitive (among other things) for mass production and a lot of that has to do with the platinum catalyst.  This design is pretty exciting because it would lower the look there pfizer levitra cost of the fuel cell while also boosting output.  That's a win-win.

via Engadget


Pocket-Sized Fuel Cell Charges Gadgets Away From Home

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, a maker of cool fuel cell gadgets, like hydrogen-powered toy cars for kids, has introduced their coolest gadget yet:  a pocket-sized portable fuel cell power plant that can charge your cell phones, MP3 players and other devices.

The MiniPAK, as it's called, comes with two refillable cartridges that each store the same amount of energy as 1,000 disposable AA batteries.  It can charge devices requiring up to 3W and has a DC output of daily cialis 2.5W.  It contains an air-breathing fuel cell and a solid-state hydrogen storage unit (meaning no self-discharging of the energy).

The cartridges, called Hydrostiks, can be refilled with an included home recharging unit that uses water and electricity to cialis buy generate and store the hydrogen.

The MiniPAK costs $100, not a high price to pay for grid-free charging on the go.

via Inhabitat


Chicken Feathers Could Store Hydrogen

Scientists at the University of Delaware have come up with a new hydrogen storage solution:  chicken feathers.  Well, carbonized chicken feather fibers to be exact.  What's more, their discovery meets the ambitious hydrogen storage targets set by the DOE for 2010 and 2015, which call for great storage capacity at a low cost.

Chicken feather fibers are made of keratin, a protein that forms strong, hollow tubes.  The scientists heated the chicken feathers until hollow carbon microtubes formed with nanoporous walls and the fibers' surface area increased.  The resulting carbonized chicken feather fibers allow the storage of as much, or more, hydrogen than carbon nanotubes or metal hydrides, other materials that have been found to store hydrogen well.

The big success here is cialis online usa that making carbonized chicken feather storage tanks is far less costly than producing storage tanks made of the other materials.  A 20-gallon carbon nanotube tank would cost $5.5 million to produce, while the same size tank made with metal hydrides would cost $30,000.  Comparitively, a carbonized chicken feather tank would run about $200.

The scientists estimate that a car would require a 75-gallon tank using this material in order to have a range of 300 miles.  They are working now to increase that range.

via Green Car Congress


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