Low carbon fuel cell innovators Proton Power Systems will trial hydrogen fuel cell technology in buses for the Austrian government, the firm has announced.
Newcastle-registered Proton Power will work with other partners to integrate a HyRange 25 system into a three tonne vehicle built by an undisclosed major manufacturer.
The project, worth €130,000 to Proton Power, aims to increase the range of a pure battery-powered vehicle by up to 300km, but integrated hydrogen fuel cell systems.
Funded by the Austrian government, the 30-month project is intended to demonstrate the possibility of equipping light duty vehicles with hybrid battery/fuel cell systems for emission free running at less cost.
Proton Power will work with an Austrian university a research institute and an international automotive component supplier, on the project.
The firm’s HyRange 25 product is capable of providing enough electric energy on board an electric powered duty vehicle for full day to day operation.
The heat out of the system can also be used to support the heating system in the vehicle, increasing efficiency.
Introducing a hybrid system means the on-board battery can be reduced in size, allowing for an increased payload or number of passengers.
Faiz Francoise Nahab, chief executive officer of Proton, said: “We are extremely pleased to participate in this exciting project. The world market for inner-city smaller transport vehicles is large. Small and fully integrated solutions are necessary, especially those for smaller vehicles.
“We work on this project together with experts and we believe that this will be another milestone for our solution development.”