The methanol fuel cell provides flexibility and zero harmful emissions
Electric driving with methanol fuel cells
Going electric in the transportation sector is an explicit wish for both the broad population and governments worldwide aiming towards a greener and cleaner future. However, in some cases, battery electric vehicles do not cover the required range providing the needed flexibility. That is where Blue World Technologies’ methanol fuel cell system comes into play.
Blue World Technologies’ methanol fuel cells are combined with batteries in hybrid configurations. The battery is very good for short high power needs and the fuel cell for an extended need of energy. By combining the two technologies, both can be downsized considerably to a relatively small battery pack and fuel cell, compared with a single technology scenario. Furthermore, this enables a plugin option for daily use, where a small battery pack is enough to cover the range need of the vehicle.
The complete system includes a methanol-reformer for fuel conversion, DC/DC for power conversion, and a fuel cell stack for power production. The fuel cell control unit governs the fuel cell system as well as communicates with the vehicle. The waste heat generated by the fuel cell system is used to maintain optimum operation temperature for the batteries and for cabin heating or cooling, enhancing the energy efficiency of the system as well as the comfort for the driver.
The vehicle is being fueled with methanol which generates electricity. It surpasses the range of current fossil-based combustion engines and maintains the quick and convenient fueling experience we are familiar with from combustion engines.
CO2 neutral driving with no particle emissions
Blue World Technologies is providing the vehicle of now and the future with technology that provides zero harmful emissions.
The technology has several benefits providing the opportunity to drive with electricity without the challenges of range and charging time. With methanol being an e-fuel and when it is produced renewably, it enables a net-zero carbon emission in a well-to-wheel perspective. Additionally, the operation of the methanol fuel cell has zero NOx, SOx, or particle emission supporting the combat against air pollution from the transportation sector.
The methanol fuel cell system has the potential to contribute to decarbonising the transportation sector and bringing down the rising of global temperature.
Benefits for the market
Sometimes batteries do not cover the need for a continuous operation, the required range, or simply the flexibility and convenience we know from driving on fossil fuels. The benefits of a vehicle with an integrated fuel cell are many as it provides high energy efficiency and flexibility as well as clean driving.
At Blue World Technologies we have initiated several collaborations with big players in the automotive industry to promote the potential and use of methanol fuel cells.
Blue World Technologies and Karma are working together on propulsion power for a variety of future passenger and light commercial vehicles. The fuel cell system will be integrated into Karma’s electric vehicle architecture and piloted in GS-6 development vehicles for evaluation purposes.
From renewable methanol production to green driving
In this short animation, we take you through all the steps from the production of renewable methanol to the fuel cell integration in the vehicle.
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