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Mira announces hydrogen fuel cell testing capability

Mira, an advanced engineering, research and test consultancy, has become the first facility in the UK to offer independent hydrogen fuel cell testing.
The 4m x 3m x 3m dedicated test facility at was completed earlier this month, following six months of development, and has already successfully completed a set of testing for one of the company’s clients. Future developments are in place to include a combined climatic and vibration facility that will be available in early 2014.
“The industry has talked about the development and adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology for some time but we are now gradually getting closer to its reality,” said Dr Geoff Davis, chief commercial and technical officer at Mira. “Whilst it isn’t yet readily available in passenger vehicles, it has been tested for a number of years, and there has been an increase in development activity for a number of years across a range of applications including automobiles, commercial vehicles, buses and taxis as well as non-transport applications such as stationary and stand-by power generation.
Mira is also conducting research programmes using solid complex hydride sources of hydrogen and is said to be developing a hydrogen generator using Cella Energy’s lightweight hydrogen storage material for automotive applications. According to Chris Reeves, Mira’s commercial manager of future transport technologies, the technology will be used to address range anxiety problems facing battery electric vehicles by using it in conjunction with a fuel cell, to produce enough electrical energy to drive a car in a comparable way to diesel or petrol powered vehicles.
News of the facility comes as many of the world’s leading car manufacturers, including Daimler, Honda, Toyota and General Motors, commit to putting hydrogen-fuelled fuel-cell cars on sale in Europe by 2015.

8 November 2013


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