Walter Steinmann, Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), highlighted the importance of pilot and demonstration plants for the Energy Strategy 2050. The SFOE is involved in funding move to promote efficient, sustainable technologies. Lothar Ziörjen, Mayor of the energy city Dübendorf, reported on the scheduled field trial with the hydrogen-powered road sweeper vehicle and the major benefits of applied research projects for its realization. Hans Magits, Chief Technical Officer at the compressor manufacturer AtlasCopco, one of moves main partners, stressed the merit of such platforms for the further development and testing of new technologies.
Sustainable driving following natures cue
Nature as a role model! According to Christian Bach, Head of Empas Automotive Powertrain Technologies Laboratory, the inspiration behind move. Plants have been using sunlight, water and CO2 to supply themselves sustainably with energy for millions of years. move aims to reveal how this concept can be realized for individual mobility. The project doesnt just focus on one, specific drive concept, but rather integrates a broad range of drive technologies from electric and hybrid cars to fuel cell and gas vehicles. As Bach explains, this enables the advantages of the various drives to be exploited accordingly for different applications. However, the researchers wont just make energetic and ecological comparisons in move; they will also study the economic viability of the various concepts together with their implementation partners.
At the end of the ceremony, Urs Cabalzar, the technical project manager on move, gave a tour of the plant. In the current expansion phase, renewable electricity is converted into hydrogen in an electrolysis plant, compressed to 44 bars and stored in compressed gas containers. The hydrogen can then be used to refuel fuel cell vehicles directly or be mixed with natural/biogas in a separate fuel pump.
«move» should also keep on developing in future. Its already due for an expansion shortly after the inauguration. A 700-bar refueling station for hydrogen cars is planned. The catalytic conversion of hydrogen and CO2 into methane, which can be used in gas vehicles, and the temporary storage of surplus solar power in a network battery to charge electric vehicles overnight is also in the pipeline.
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