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University Launches innovative hydrogen car in India.

Birmingham City University is set to showcase the concept and design behind what could prove to be the world's first affordable hydrogen fuel-cell powered mass transport vehicle.

In partnership with UK motorsport entrepreneur and manufacturer Spencer Ashley and the DYPDC centre for automotive research in Pune, the University's pioneering project was unveiled in India in February.

The joint collaborative project was set up to produce a four-wheeled replacement for the abundant auto-rickshaw vehicle, affectionately known as the Tuk-Tuk utility vehicle.

The powertrain for the new and innovative car which produces zero exhaust emissions, consists of a hydrogen fuel cell, an electric motor and a complex control system. Hydrogen for the vehicle is stored in a cluster of low pressure metal hydride cylinders, providing a safe means of fuelling the system. A thermal compressor retrieves the hydrogen by splitting water into its component elements--hydrogen and oxygen--via solar energy. Hydrogen storage cylinders can then be used to power equipment including mobile phones, computers and lighting in remote and developing areas or in a humanitarian disaster situation, as well as powering an electric vehicle.

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Date:Mar 1, 2014
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