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Quantum Develop Hydrogen Storage System

23 March 2001

Thor Industries, the largest mid-size bus manufacturer in the U.S., will use a Quantum hydrogen storage tank system in its new fuel cell bus. Quantum will use its advanced composite Type IV hydrogen storage tank that is uniquely designed and manufactured with a single end boss, one-piece seamless liner and a carbon composite over-wrap. The QUANTUM Type IV hydrogen storage tank is tested and validated to all regulations and standards, including OEM-specific validation tests. Quantum hydrogen storage tanks will be mounted on the roof of the bus.

The Thor fuel cell bus will use a Thunderpower (r) hybrid-electric drive train developed by ISE Research Corporation, San Diego, CA in a 30' low-floor bus built by Thor's subsidiary, Eldorado National. ISE will perform the system integration, to include the QUANTUM hydrogen storage tank subsystem. The fuel cell power plant is being developed by International Fuel Cells (IFC), a division of United Technologies.

Thor has been a market leader in the development of alternative propulsion systems for bus applications. IFC is the world's leading manufacturer of fuel cell power plants. ISE is a leading developer of hybrid drive trains for heavy-duty vehicles.

""This event marks Quantum entry into the fuel cell bus market and underscores Quantum successful focus on enabling technologies for alternative propulsion and energy,"" said Syed Hussain, President & CEO of Quantum.""

Quantum designs, integrates and commercializes fuel handling, advanced gaseous fuel storage systems, fuel metering and electronic control applications to original equipment manufacturers of fuel cell and internal combustion engines.






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