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3 KW Fuel Cell For Scooters and Back Up Power

27 July 2001


Manhattan Scientifics’ German-based NovArs unit has successfully developed and tested a small, ultra-light 3 kilowatt fuel cell system. Because of its lightweight and compact size, the proprietary fuel cell system is highly portable. This makes it ideal for small vehicles such as electric scooters, golf carts as well as emergency home generators, RVs and other recreational use such as camping.

The new hydrogen-fueled 3 kilowatt system (1 kilowatt = 1,000 watts) is based on the basic design and concept of the previously announced NovArs fuel cell system currently being tested by Electrolux (US), Aprilia, S.p.A. and the U.S. Army. The new, higher-powered unit is capable of providing emergency power for essential elements in a typical American home. The earlier announced NovArs fuel cell currently being tested on bicycles and vacuum cleaners was 670 watts or less than 1 kW. The new unit is also capable of powering fast electric motor scooters.

The fuel cell uses advanced composite materials and unique technologies to minimize size and weight. The total system including fans, valves, electronics, cables and tubes weighs 5.9 kilograms (13 pounds). The unit with all peripherals, not including the hydrogen source, measures 340 mm x 246 mm x 158 mm (13.4 in x 9.7 in x 6.2 in). Versions of this configuration can be scaled down from 3,000 to 1,000 watts to fit a wide range of market needs.