Nis­san an­nounces de­vel­op­ment of world’s first

SOFC-powered ve­hi­cle

The Oban Times - - Drivetimes -

Nis­san an­nounces de­vel­op­ment of the world’s first ve­hi­cle sytem that runs on bio-ethanol elec­tri­cal power.

YOKO­HAMA, Ja­pan (June 14, 2016) – Nis­san Mo­tor Co Ltd an­nounced to­day that it is cur­rently re­search­ing and de­vel­op­ing a solid ox­ide fuel- cell (SOFC)- powered sys­tem that runs on bio- ethanol elec­tric power. The new sys­tem – a world first for au­to­mo­tive use – fea­tures an e- bio fuel cell with an SOFC power gen­er­a­tor. SOFC is a fuel cell util­is­ing the re­ac­tion of mul­ti­ple fu­els, in­clud­ing ethanol and nat­u­ral gas, with oxy­gen to pro­duce elec­tric­ity with high ef­fi­ciency. About e- bio fuel cell – The e- bio fuel cell gen­er­ates elec­tric­ity through the SOFC (power gen­er­a­tor) us­ing bio- ethanol stored in the ve­hi­cle. The e- bio fuel cell utilises hy­dro­gen trans­formed from fuel via a re­former and at­mo­spheric oxy­gen, with the sub­se­quent elec­tro­chem­i­cal re­ac­tion pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity to power the ve­hi­cle.

Un­like con­ven­tional sys­tems, e- bio fuel cell fea­tures SOFC as its power source, af­ford­ing greater power ef­fi­ciency to give the ve­hi­cle cruis­ing ranges sim­i­lar to gaso­line- powered cars (more than 600km). In ad­di­tion, the e- bio fuel cell car’s dis­tinct elec­tric- drive fea­tures – in­clud­ing si­lent drive, lin­ear start- up and brisk ac­cel­er­a­tion – al­low users to en­joy the joys and com­fort of a pure elec­tric ve­hi­cle (EV).

Fuel- cell sys­tems use chem­i­cals that re­act with oxy­gen, gen­er­at­ing power with­out re­lease of harm­ful byprod­ucts.

Bio- ethanol fu­els, in­clud­ing those sourced from su­gar­cane and corn, are widely avail­able in coun­tries in North and South Amer­ica, and Asia. The e- bio fuel cell, us­ing bio- ethanol, can of­fer ecofriendly trans­porta­tion and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties in re­gional en­ergy pro­duc­tion, while sup­port­ing ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

When power is gen­er­ated in a fuel- cell sys­tem, CO2 is usu­ally emit­ted.

With the bio- ethanol sys­tem, CO2 emis­sions are neu­tralised from the grow­ing process of su­gar­cane mak­ing up the bio-fuel, al­low­ing it to have a ‘car­bon­neu­tral cy­cle’, with nearly no CO2 in­crease what­so­ever.

In the fu­ture, the e- bio fuel cell will be­come even more user-friendly.

Ethanol- blended wa­ter is eas­ier and safer to han­dle than most other fu­els. As this will re­move lim­its on cre­at­ing a to­tally new in­fra­struc­ture, it has great po­ten­tial for mar­ket growth.

Run­ning costs will be re­mark­ably low – on a par with to­day’s EVs, ul­ti­mately ben­e­fit­ing the pub­lic as well as busi­nesses, be­cause the e- bio fuel cell is an ideal fit for wider cus­tomer needs be­cause of the short re­fu­elling time and am­ple power sup­ply that can sup­port a range of ser­vices such as re­frig­er­ated de­liv­ery.

In pur­suit of re­al­iz­ing a zero- emis­sion and zero-fa­tal­ity so­ci­ety for cars, Nis­san con­tin­ues to pro­mote ve­hi­cle in­tel­li­gence and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion.

Nis­san’s brand prom­ise of ‘innovation that ex­cites’ is de­liv­ered with ‘Nis­san in­tel­li­gent mo­bil­ity’, which fo­cuses on how cars are powered, driven and in­te­grated into so­ci­ety through a more en­joy­able driving ex­pe­ri­ence.

The e- bio fuel cell will re­alise the con­cept of ‘Nis­san in­tel­li­gent power’, promoting greater ef­fi­ciency and elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of cars and the joys of driving, along­side bat­tery EVs, such as the Nis­san Leaf, Nis­san e- NV200, and ‘e- power’, which is equipped with an en­gine hous­ing an ex­clu­sive large- ca­pac­ity mo­tor and power gen­er­a­tor.

Nis­san will con­tinue to pro­vide value to its cus­tomers by in­cor­po­rat­ing sys­tems that en­able the ex­trac­tion of elec­tric power from var­i­ous fu­els, while ad­dress­ing the in­fra­struc­ture is­sues tied to en­ergy sup­ply in ev­ery re­gion of the world.

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