Innovative manufacturer Proton Power Systems has announced it has achieved a milestone after finalising the development of a new fuel cell system for electric vehicles.
The Newcastle-registered company has developed the HyRange 25 system, a product that produces 25kW of net power to support bus, light and heavy duty vehicle applications.
In a note released to shareholders on the stock market, the business said the HyRange 25 system is capable of providing enough electric energy on board an electric powered city bus for a full day of operation, and that the heat generated by the system can also be used to support the heating system in the bus, increasing overall efficiency.
The system, the firm said, can allow bus manufacturers to downsize on board batteries, increase passenger load and reduce operating costs.
Fuel cells made by Proton Power have been used in the Czech Republic for the last four years and in Germany for the last two years.
In Germany the HyRange 8 System with 8kW of net power has been used on a 7.5 tonne logistics vehicle, which has been running in a full time service without interruption “with extremely pleasing results”.
The firm said it has been continuously testing and running the HyRange 25 system over the last nine months and that it can be used as a range extender for electric vehicles, generating 50kW or 75kW in multi system applications.
Dr Faiz Nahab, chief executive officer of Proton Power, said: “This is a milestone for us.
“Our HyRange 25 system with our own designed PM400 fuel cell stack can provide enough power for a 12 metre city bus.
“Our know-how in mobile fuel cell applications is proven and allows emission free operation. The world market for emission free transport in megacities will explode and the demand for emission free systems is growing dramatically.
“We offer industry leading expertise, know-how and customer support from the first simulation up to the final integration.
“I would like to congratulate and thank my team for this new development, fulfilling the project on time and within budgeted cost.”