• Apr 22nd 2011 at 8:59AM
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UK-based Intelligent Energy (IE) recently wrapped up its latest investment round, receiving approximately £7 million ($11 million U.S. at the current exchange rate) from both existing and new shareholders. The funds, according to Henri Winand, IE's chief executive officer, will allow the firm "to continue the commercialization of our fuel cell technology, some of which is already undergoing public road testing."

Of course, IE has commercialized, at least to some extent, its fuel cell system and Winand points that out as well, stating:
Our Fuel Cell Black Cabs have debuted on the streets of London, while the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter recently obtained European Whole Vehicle Type Approval-a first for any fuel cell vehicle.
Then there's the Peugeot Partner-based H2Origin zero-emissions urban delivery demonstrator van. Unveiled way back in 2008, the H2Origin features IE's hydrogen fuel cell system and boasts a range of over 180 miles.




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      goodoldgorr
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's important to put that on sale the soonest possible and to put it with the steering wheel on the left side. put that for sale near where i live and i can finnally stop writing buying bids here and start talking generally like the majority of chatters here that talk endlessly and abnore real things because it erase the problems and the majority of chatters just want big insolluble problems to have a reason to talk about something, just look at the fuelcell cars ?? almost all chatters and journalists hates them because it ends big oil phenomena and they are left without anything to talk about because suddenly there is no big problems. Death on fuelcell haters. I don't give a dam about the millions of new unnemployed it will do, just put fuelcell cars, fuelcell trucks, fuelcell boats, fuelcell airplanes,fuelcell tractor-trailer trucks , fuelcell luxury liners, feulcell zeppelin, fuelcell submarine, fuelcell motorcycles, fuelcell race cars, fuelcell home electricity for sale near where i live. We can start thereafter talking about real products, not just fancy theories by imcompetants journalists and bloggers.
        Marcopolo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Gorr, I think you may be a little confused as to what everyone else means by a fuel cell is saying. Both Ev and Fuel cell technology are alternate energy sources to Oil. (actually in a way batteries are fuel cells) . The problem with Hydrogen is it can never work, the way you expect. A hydrogen motorbike would be very difficult and dangerous to engineer, (and pretty pointless) . So would all the other vehicles on your list. Hydrogen Fuel cell technology is a long way behind battery technology development, and HFC has major infrastructure and economic problems. It looked promising, but like the steam car, will lose the race to a cheaper, superior, and more convenient technology, the 'electric energy storage cell' Turn your passion and support to buying an EV!
      • 8 Months Ago
      This is great. Funding from government into the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology is necessary in long term commercialization of the vehicles. To check out the research we are conducting on Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology at the University of Waterloo check out our website: www.uwaft.com
      • 8 Months Ago
      The German government and Daimler, BMW etc have taken the view that fuel cells are the future and that by 2050 that is what everyone will be driving. They have now committed public funds to set up a hydrogen refuelling network to cover Germany and there will be 50 of these H2 stations in place there by 2015. They expect there to be not less than 5,000 FC vehicles on their roads by then and least as many more in the rest of Europe. The latest H2 fuel tanks are incredibly robust, they are even been firing incendiary bullets at them and they don't blow up and frankly a half full tank of gasoline with all that fuel vapour is an incredibly flammable thing to be sitting on top of and that technology is only accepted today because it has been around for so long. Batteries are OK in an urban context or in small countries like Israel or Luxembourg but I cannot see how they can work in the US where people think nothing of getting into their auto and driving 100s of miles. FCs are the best solution in terms of range: performance. They also make the dream of distributed generation easily attainable for households. Centrally generated power is very wasteful and inefficient by comparison and is vulnerable to huge blackouts and brownouts. It is really old hat. The future has to be in DG. You can extract the H2 molecule from any hydrocarbon so producing it immediately from existing fuel stock would not be a big problem and later on you could produce it from seawater by electrolysis - the only half sensible way to use wind-power BTW. As for being able to buy LHD drive FC automobiles in the US, well I guess that you will be able to that by next year (2013) when they are going to be coming off the assembly lines in Germany, where they also drive on the right! I have had a look at the Intelligent Energy website (www.intelligent-energy.com) it is quite informative.
      goodoldgorr
      • 8 Months Ago
      Im interrested to buy but with the steering wheel put on the left side.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 8 Months Ago
      yet another company to very professionally flush down large sums of cash. I could make flying saucers happen for that kind of money. what a world
        Marcopolo
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        For once we agree. Although $11 million isn't very much momey, the project is always going to be a dead end technology.
        Noz
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Yet you don't seem to have a problem using products TODAY that cost billions and decades to develop in the past now do you? Freaking hypocrites...
          Marcopolo
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Noz
          before you get all upset, you should realistically consider whether or not this technology has any chance of success. Lot's of technologies showed great promise, but were beaten in the market place by a technology that consumers found preferable. Just because you like something, doesn't mean it will be successful. The EV has only one relatively easy problem to improve and that's energy storage. Hydrogen has huge infrastructure and efficiency problems. It's EV rival, has reached the winning post first. Just like steam cars and gasoline, in the end the most convenient wins. Now cause to get irate.
          Dan Frederiksen
          • 8 Months Ago
          @Noz
          you misunderstand. it's not size of the amount. it's the certainty that it will be a waste.
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