Hydrogen generation

Our hydrogen generation technologies provide the ability to deliver pure hydrogen from a wide range of currently available fuel supplies.

A clear competitive advantage The ability to integrate clean power technology within existing fuel distribution networks - the critical missing part of the solution for much of the competition – allows us and our partners to deliver the hydrogen technologies of the future, today.

Fuel compatibility Furthermore, our proprietary desulphurisation process provides compatibility with ‘dirty’ fuels where and when necessary, e.g. for demanding military applications.

Simplicity and flexibility Delivering pure hydrogen through integration with our hydrogen purification technologies means much simplified and flexible system integration with hydrogen storage systems and fuel cell power trains.

The power to deliver
We’ve developed a portfolio of hydrogen generation technologies with a power range spanning a few tens of watts through to tens of kilowatts.

This means we can deliver across a range of power uses, from remote surveillance to grid support applications.

The current portfolio includes:

• mini-reformer
• micro-channel reformer
• macro-reformer
• electrochemical reformer

These technologies have been designed from first principles to provide compact, cost-effective and scalable hydrogen generators.

We’ve done all this through a combination of in-house development and working in collaboration with strategic supply partners.

 

 

 

Fuel storage

The safe and efficient storage of fuel is critical for remote or portable applications or where a high degree of flexibility of system operation is required.

Our technology platforms in fuel storage include:

• compressed hydrogen storage
• metal hydride storage
• safe ammonia storage

Flexible Hydrogen storage technologies uncouple the generation of hydrogen from its consumption, giving a much greater degree of flexibility in the design and operation of fuel cell powered systems.

Responsive Effective hydrogen storage gives rapid load following characteristics in applications with uneven demand – such as peak shaving or load levelling.

This would be unachievable with conventional systems where the fuel cell is closely coupled to the fuel processor.



Safe Our ammonia storage technology provides an energy dense solution for remote applications, particularly where extended operation is required.

Our proprietary storage material provides a safe and viable solution for weight or size critical applications.

 

 

 

 

Power generation

Our PEM fuel cell technology is unique.

It’s not a derivative of the conventional stack architecture that has been widely adopted by many companies in the fuel cell sector.

Simple and cost effective We’ve designed our stacks and systems from first principles and combined novel fluid and thermal management techniques with metal plate architecture.

The result is fundamentally simpler and cheaper.

Class leading We have one of the most advanced PEM fuel cell stack technologies available in the world today with a class-leading power to volume performance in excess of 2.5kW per litre.

Small and reliable Integrated humidification and cooling reduces component count, eliminating conventional balance of plant to give a fundamentally smaller and more reliable power generation system.



Cold start We’re the only company to have reported an unassisted cold start from -40C without the use of antifreeze.

Another remarkable first.

Broad portfolio Our PEM stack technologies span the power range - from a few tens of watts through a few kilowatts to more than 100kW.

In application terms - from laptop and personal power to combined heat and power through to distributed generation and even large automotive.

We’ve designed and developed a number of system platforms using our world leading stack technologies as a foundation, including:

• generator unit
• motive engine
• CHP unit
• personal power pack
• motor cycle power train

Powerful thinking The know-how associated with the design, development, integration and operation of such system platforms is considerable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La moto a idrogeno che non inquina

 

Un gruppo di ricercatori inglesi della "Intelligent Energy" ha inventato la prima motocicletta alimentata a idrogeno che non inquina e non emette rumori. Un modo interessante per risolvere i problemi legati allo smog e al caro petrolio.

 L'innovativa moto a idrogeno si chiama "Env" (Emissions Neutral Vehicle) ed è talmente silenziosa da dover utilizzare un riproduttore di rumore artificiale per evitare che la sua marcia possa passare inosservata e risultare troppo pericolosa. Interessanti le prestazioni del motore che, secondo quanto riferito dai ricercatori, ha fatto registrare un'accelerazione da 0 a 50 Km/h in 7,3 secondi e una velocità di punta di 80 chilometri orari.

Alimentato attraverso un serbatoio posizionato di fronte alla sella, il modello della Intelligent Energy sfrutta le caratteristiche dell'idrogeno compresso e l'elettricità per innescare il movimento delle due ruote.

 L'autonomia dichiarata con un "pieno" è di circa 150 chilometri, ma l'operazione di ricarica più ricorrente consiste in un breve collegamento di cinque minuti ad una tradizionale presa della corrente. Ancora in fase prototipale, una volta in produzione la speciale moto costerà circa 6.500 euro.

 

 



L'unico grosso problema della Env, per ora, riguarda la scarsa reperibilità dell'idrogeno necessario per alimentare le cellule della moto. Stando ai ricercatori, al momento in tutta l'Inghilterra non ci sarebbe un solo distributore pubblico, ma se il "Department for Transport" approverà la moto a idrogeno presto potrebbero spuntare i primi fornitori su strada. Le reazioni dell’opinione pubblica? Contrastanti. Da una parte le associazioni che si battono contro l'inquinamento acustico si sono dette entusiaste del prototipo, dall'altra i tradizionali biker si sono scagliati contro il silenzioso modello accusandolo di eliminare l'affascinante ed emozionante rumore del viaggio su due ruote.