Fraunhofer IFAM is developing hydrogen trains
Fraunhofer IFAM is working with partners on a new approach to increasing the range and comfort of fuel cell-powered trains. The central idea here is to effectively utilise the fuel cell waste heat for temperature control of the vehicle interior.
ÜSTRA factory recycles old eCitaro batteries
The partners of the GUW+ model project are dedicated to the re-use of batteries from electric city buses and will now realise a stationary energy storage system in a rectifier substation of the ÜSTRA based on batteries that were previously used in eCitaro city buses.
TU Dresden, Fully Charged, Events.
Your opinion matters to the TU Dresden that conducts a survey among EV drivers covering longer distances electrically. The survey takes only about ten minutes and is part of the university’s research. If they provide their email address, participants will receive an abstract of the results.
Video tip: The future paid a visit to the Fully Charged show hosted by Robert Llewellyn, as he tests the Toyota Mirai. He finds it more dynamic than the Prius but stresses their similarities, too. Obviously, hydrogen charging infrastructure remains a rather critical issue.
Upcoming events: Auto Guangzhou (Nov 20-22; Guangzhou, China) ++ LA Auto Show (Nov 20-29; Los Angeles, USA) ++ Driverless Technology Conference & Exhibition (Nov 23; London, UK)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
TU Dresden, Sheffield University, KAIST, Hydrogenious Technologies.
EV testing in Dresden: The Technical University of the Saxon city is currently building a new vehicle test centre for 24 million euros. 15 test benches, four laboratories and one hall for simulation will make the “Institute for Automobile Technology Dresden” (IAD) one of the most modern ones in Europe. VW, BMW and Audi already expressed interest in working together with the university. But first, the TU will help Dresden’s public transport provider (DVB) to prepare the start of its new e-bus line in 2015.
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Spray-on solar cells: Researchers from Sheffield University have developed solar cells that can be sprayed on like paint, on an EV for example. The cells are made from perovskite and can reach an efficiency of up to 19%. The current prototype reaches 11%.
Metal-organic supercapacitor: A study by Korean researchers shows, that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be enriched with graphene and, if made as nanocrystals, be used as supercapacitors. Their new material is said to be stable for more than 10,000 cycles while achieving six times the capacitance of other supercapacitors.
Hydrogen storage investment: Anglo American Platinum invested in Hydrogenious Technologies, a spin-off of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. They developed a method to store H2 similar to fuels by binding the hydrogen molecules to liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHCs).
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