Helmholtz Institute Receives its First Hydrogen Car for Research
Helmholtz Institute Receives its First Hydrogen Car for Research
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, October 10, 2017

Jülich-- The Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies (HI ERN), an external center of the Forschungszentrum Jülich, has a new company car. It is the first hydrogen car of the research center as well as the first in Franconia.

The HI ERN deals with renewable energies and the effective conversion of electrical and chemical energy into batteries or fuel cells. The new institute building, which is still under construction, will also have charging stations for battery and hydrogen fuel cells, which can use the solar power or electrolysis hydrogen produced in the institute - and will also be available to the new hydrogen car, a Toyota Mirai. The car is to be used for shuttle and transport journeys between the two locations in Nuremberg and Erlangen, as well as for service trips.

[Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, Dr. Susanne Spörler, Dr. Sabine Popp und Prof. Karl Mayrhofer mit dem neuen Dienstwagen des HI ERN] (from left) Prof. Peter Wasserscheid, Dr. Susanne Spörler, Dr. Sabine Popp and Prof. Karl Mayrhofer with the new hydrogen car
Copyright: HI ERN / Andreas Kraus

Only about 3,000 of the Toyota Mirai have been produced so far, about 120 of them are in Germany. Its fuel cell technology converts hydrogen and oxygen from the air into electrical energy for the engine. No harmful exhaust fumes are produced - only water vapor comes from the exhaust. A hydrogen filling is enough for more than 400 kilometers, refueling is in three minutes.