Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Can Go the Distance

BOC, an international industrial gases company, is displaying a car that can travel up to 1,200 miles on one kilogram of hydrogen (equivalent to one gallon of gasoline) at the technology showcase that accompanies a hydrogen energy meeting.

Washington, D.C. – November 26, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The 132-pound car, which emits only water as a combustion by-product, is known as the BOC GH2OST. Earlier this year, the car won the Best Renewable Energy Vehicle award in the Shell Eco-Marathon Challenge at the Grampian Transport Museum in Scotland. The BOC GH2OST was displayed at the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) Ministerial Meeting at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, in Washington, D.C. “Supporting the development of the GH2OST expanded BOC’s already extensive knowledge of hydrogen technology, particularly the safe use of high-pressure gases in mobile applications,” said John Carolin, BOC’s global director of hydrogen energy. “We are confident that projects like this demonstrate the superior energy efficiency of fuel cell technology and the practical use of hydrogen as a fuel.” The car was built by Aberdeen, Scotland-based fuel company, siGEN Ltd., and Kenny Stewart, who has extensive experience of constructing ultra lightweight eco-marathon cars. They built the car as a test platform for future hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles. “BOC supplies a full range of products and services to emerging hydrogen energy markets across the globe, we participate in demonstration projects, we support the development of new technologies, we create innovative customer solutions, and we invest in new ventures,” Carolin said. “In addition to the GH2OST, BOC also is featuring at IPHE our existing hydrogen infrastructure and capabilities and hydrogen energy-specific projects.”


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