Hydrogen from solar: The novel EU project PECSYS looks into cost-effective solar based hydrogen generation. Led by the Helmholtz centre in Berlin, academic and commercial partners from Sweden, Italy and Germany will build demo modules. They aim to keep hydrogen cost below five euros per kilo and to convert more than six percent of the solar energy. The 4 year project has 2.5m euros at its disposal via the EU’s Horizon 2020 scheme.
KERS instead of fuel saving: Torotrak refocused its strategy to strengthen electrification. The V-Charge system will be discontinued as the firm concentrates on its Flybrid flywheel-based kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). The decision is based on talks with OEMs and expected diesel bans.
Fuel cell forklifts operational: Toyota launched the first two of 20 fuel cell forklifts at its Motomachi facility in Japan. The Toyota utility FCV can be recharged within three minutes. A total of 180 hydrogen forklifts shall roam the production site by 2020.
Retrofit hybrid available to all: XL Hybrids upfit system has become available to state and municipal fleets in all 50 states of America via the Massachusetts public fleet contract VEH102. It allows public fleets to order the XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System at competitive rates.