Briefly Noted … Fuel Cells

Briefly Noted…Renewable Energy Worldwide News Briefs and Information on Renewable Energy

– Under a US$400,000 pilot program in California to reduce pollution and increase the popularity of gas-free vehicles, the community of Anaheim is offering free use of eleven electric cars. Drivers can borrow the vehicles for up to two hours for quick local trips which account for 85 percent of pollution caused by cars. Twenty-six families in three neighbourhoods (Paseo Village, Park Vista, Jeffrey Lynn) will drive the electric cars under the program funded by the California Energy Commission and the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The golf-cart-like vehicles reach a maximum speed of 35 mph, making them suitable for quick local trips. Drivers follow certain guidelines, such as not driving on streets with speed limits of more than 40 mph. – Pittsburgh Electric Engines has been awarded a US$2.9 million contract by the U.S. Army to begin development of a fuel cell engine, dubbed a Turbo Fuel Cell Engine, which could take up to 10 years. The federal government has become interested in fuel cells for strategic and environmental reasons. Development of the engine, which combines traditional turbine and fuel cell technology, should begin in December.

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