One of the good things of having the Tesla Roadster assembled close to at lesat some of its customers is that they can actually go to the factory and see how their car is being made. This is what Bill Arnett did, and he not only had the chance to see his Roadster's drivetrain installed, but also got permission from Tesla to take pictures of the whole process; watch along here. The rest of the car was assembled in the UK and shipped (by air). The photos were taken on Nov. 12th, and we can see how
Take some hazardous waste - say, chemical residuals - and put it through a mobile Plasma Enhanced Melter (PEM) and, presto, you've got hydrogen-rich syngas, useful for all sorts of things. What things, you might want to know? Well, InEnTec Chemical, the company behing the PEM system, said in a statement (available after the jump) that the syngas can be used to make "high purity hydrogen, methanol, hydrogen/carbon monoxide ("HyCO"), and other products used by chemical and refining plants." It'll
Intelligent Energy (IE), known on ABG's pages as the company behind the ENV fuel-cell motorcycle, has announced that they will partner up with Suzuki Motor Corporation on the development of prototype hydrogen fuel-cell motorcycles. Future bikes produced by the partnership will run on Intelligent Energy's proprietary Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel-cells that are billed by IE as having class-leading performance in automotive applications. The PEM design utilises thin metallic bipolar plates,
Microcell, a company that has designed PEM Microfiber Fuel Cells, has released their first 1 kW fuel cell core for automotive applications. Their design allows for a cylindrical core fuel cell, which are modular, so they can be scaled like batteries to provide larger amounts of power. These cells can be produced for relatively low cost.
Researchers at the Macromodules and Interfaces Institute at Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech's School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are working on a Department of Energy-funded project to develop more effective membrane materials for fuel cells.