ECD Ovonics got a contract to develop another application of their solid hydrogen fuel storage technology. The US Army's Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center gave the company a $1.8 million contract to develop and demonstrate a hydrogen internal combustion engine-powered airport tow tractor. Air quality has always been problematic around airports and cleaning up the the emissions of ground vehicles can only help.

ECD will be using their metal hydride solid hydrogen storage system, which should help with any safety concerns. The primary development effort will be on an internal combustion hybrid electric drive-train similar to what they are doing on their Prius test vehicles, but they will also be developing their metal hydride fuel cell stack.

[Source: ECD Ovonics]


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