December 1991

Vol 6-12 December 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Experimental H Mazda is a Wankei-Powered Hybrid IRVINE, CA/TOKYO- Mazda's new experimental hydrogen/rotary engine prototype passenger car, unveiled at the biannual Tokyo Motor Show in October. is in effect a hydrogen-powered hybrid with an electric torque assist that differs radically from other hydrogen i.c.engined vehicles such as the Mercedes and BMW models. And compared to other vehicles employing hydride fuel storage such as the Mercedes 230E. the futuristically styled Mazda HR-X fourseater commuter offers better range apparently due to a ...

November 1991

Vol 6-11 November 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher H to Replace Charcoal for Brazil's Steelmaking? CORAL GABLES/UBERLANDIA, BRAZIL- A Brazilian scientist suggests replacing charcoal made now from the country's dwindling tree population with electrolytic hydrogen could not only help save the tropical rainforest but conceivably could cut the cost of steel production. "Wood itself is free, of course," says Lutero Carmo de Lima, a researcher with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Federal University of Uber1andla, Minas Gerais, Brazil. But, he adds, the cost of transport, ash removal and ...

October 1991

Vol 6-10 October 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Publisher Germany Spends $58 Million on H, Plus PV Outlays WASHINGTON DC - Germany Is spending somewhere around DM 100 million (about $58 million at current exchange rates) annually on hydrogen research, and the funding keeps climbing steadily, according to German Research and Technology Minister Heinz Rlesenhuber. At the same time, his cabinet colleague, Environment Minister Klaus Toepfet, feels hydrogen is not likely to make a slgnllcant contribution to carbon dioxide reduction and slowing down of the Greenhouse Effect In the years between now and the ...

September 1991

Vol 6-9 September 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Publi sher H Airbus Study Looks to World Markets HAMBURG, GERMANY - A short- to medium-range Airbus carrying liquid hydrogen fuel on top of the fuselage could carry as many as 50 passengers more than a comparable kerosene-powered version, early data in an ongoing feasibility study of various cryogenic fuels here indicate. "The numbers are still a bit shaky," concedes Dieter Volk, the Deutsche Airbus engineer who heads the German-Soviet "Cryoplane· study involving cooperation by 14 companies. He says considerably more analysis is needed to work up ...

August 1991

Vol 6-8 August 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Ed itor and Publ isher Construction Starts on Solar-H House FREIBURG, GERMANY - Work begins this month on a solarpowered residential building here that combines ultra-efficient transparent insulation materials with water-splitting hydrogen energy technology for long-term energy storage (THL Dec. 1988, Sept. 1990). "It will be totally (energy) Independent," says Konstantin Ledjeff, head of the energy storage department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems here and in charge of energy .storage for the two-story building, formally known as the "Energy ...

July 1991

Vol 6-7 July 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Edi tor and Publisher Billings' Fu«:.l Cell "Fiesta" Debuts HARRISBURG, PA - I have driven the future. and it is silent: Accompanied by press coverage from as far away as Italy and England and featured on national Public Brcadcasting TV, Roger Billings' fuel cell car. a modified Ford "Fiesta," made its public debut in late Juna in front of Pennsylvania's Capitol here. Zooming soundlessly away from the curb, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mark S. Singel sported a huge grin as he took the right-hand side wheel for the inaugural spin around a block of park next to ...

June 1991

Vol 6-6 June 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Rolls-Royce Heads Large L.A. PV Project EL MONTE, CA - The South Coast Air Quality Management District here has given the green light for a feasibility study to investigate prospects for a large residential fuel cell power system that would also produce drinking water and would use captured carbon dioxide to speed plant growth in greenhouses. The $445,000 proposal was presented to the District by the U.S. subsidiaries of Rolls Royce, makers of jet engines and other industrial power equipment. Johnson-Matthey, a producer of catalytic and other ...

May 1991

Vol 6-5 May 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Fuel Cell Power System Debuts BLOOMFIELD, NJ - A small fuel cell-hydride power system that Its developers claim is the world's first commercial fuel cell system has been announced by a hydrogen energy firm here. "This is the first commercial fuel cell project in history," enthuses Joe P. Maceda, vice president of H-Power Corp., of Bloomfield, NJ. A flyer describes the trademarked "No-Cad Vidpak" as a 12 Volt 8Ah hydrogen fuel cell power system designed to meet the needs of the commercial video camera market. The entire package weighs about 4.5 ...

April 1991

Vol 6-4 April 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publi sher Sense of Purpose Marks NHA Meeting WASHINGTON DC - ''The Future is a Gas," was the title of an otherwise serious presentation on new hydrogen storage techniques at the 2nd Annual U.S. Hydrogen Meeting here March 13-15. But it neatly summmed up a new sense of mission and purposefulness that pervaded the sessions, punctuated by the bipartisan presence and remarks from key members of Congress with strong interest in energy issues. Organized by the National Hydrogen Association (NHA) and sponsored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) , ...

March 1991

Vol 6-3 March 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Worldwatch Report Boosts Hydrogen WASHINGTON DC - The 1991 "State of the World" report by the Worldwatch Institute here unequivocally supports hydrogen as the potentially most important energy storage medium. The report on "Progress Toward a Sustainable Society"- the eighth such report issued annually - says "hydrogen is the strongest candidate for large-scale storage" of energy. In the volume's second chapter. "Designing a Sustainable Energy System," authors Christopher Flavin and Nicholas Lenssen list the element's environmental advantages and ...

February 1991

Vol 6-2 February 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher New Hydrides Described at DoEjSERI Review WASHINGTON, DC- A novel approach to hydrogen storage that would employ custom-tailored non-classical polyhidride complexes was among the highlights of the third annual hydrogen program review held here by the Energy Department and the Solar Energy Research Institute Jan. 23-24. The 50 DoE contractors and industry representatives invited listened to close to two dozen papers covering production, storage and integrated systems analysis and safety. Not formally addressed, but referred to in opening remarks ...

January 1991

Vol 6-1 January 1991
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher Greenland, Iceland Have Huge Hydro Potential ZURICH, SWITZERLAND Both Greenland and Iceland hold huge hydro- and "glacier"-power potentials that dwarf those of Canada, the primary energy source that would be tapped under the Euro-Quebec Hydro-Hydrogen Pilot Project, says an engineer working on the Euro-Quebec study. Reinhold Wurster, a staffer of Ludwig-BoelkowSystemtechnik, of Ottobrunn, Germany, reported on these resources in a paper at the 2nd International C~DC Conference Dec. 10-11 here. The company is a subsidary of the Ludwig-Boe1kow ...