15 July 2007
15 July 2007
UQM Technologies’ newly introduced150 kW permanent magnet propulsion motor will power a fuel cell hybrid electric bus being developed with an all composite body.
The vehicle is being developed by Mobile Energy Solutions, LLC, Golden, Colorado, with funding under the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program.
The 35 foot long bus features a proprietary all composite body manufactured by Martin Marietta Composites and two 16 kW automotive fuel cells from Hydrogenics Inc. The batteries, which are only six inches tall, are incorporated in the floor enabling a low floor design, which in combination with the absence of an engine compartment, allows passenger seating for 37 people, equal to that of a conventional 40 foot bus.
“Unlike other fuel cell bus programs that are placing large fuel cells in conventional transit buses, we are developing a composite body bus that has been specifically designed for these advanced technologies. By doing so, we have been able to reduce the weight of the vehicle, dramatically improving passenger carrying capability and roughly tripling the fuel mileage compared to conventional buses of similar size”, said Dale Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Energy Solutions.
The bus has been designed to accept auxiliary power units other than fuel cells such as an internal combustion engine generator fueled by hydrogen, propane, compressed natural gas or bio-diesel
Cobra International will showcase a range of composite products at CAMX 2018, including carbon fibre components for the automotive, transportation, marine, water sports and luxury sectors.
The American Composites Manufacturers Association participated in a roundtable discussion about the IMAGINE Act. Known as the Innovative Materials in American Growth and Infrastructure, Newly Expanded (IMAGINE) Act, the new bill is designed to promote the increased use of innovative materials like fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites, as well as new manufacturing methods to accelerate the deployment and extend the life of infrastructure projects.
After the collapse of a drinking water pipeline in downtown Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Insituform was contracted to reline a close to 100 year old pipe underneath one of the canals. Water was restored successfully within five days, with minimal impact on traffic and the environment.