TU / e will build bus on formic acid and launch crowdfunding campaign




FAST team from the Eindhoven University of Technology will develop a range extender for an electric bus based on formic acid. The trailer contains all the necessary equipment to formic acid to convert it to hydrogen in order to generate electricity for the bus.

The range extender electric bus can continue driving about 200 kilometers without. The prototype for the bus is being developed in collaboration with the company VDL and should be finished by the end of the year. That is the goal of the team to demonstrate a bus formic this year in sight. This goal, the team announced in mid-January after the presentation of a small car ‘Junior’, which formic acid used as fuel.

FAST team presented during “The Next Big step ‘event plans for the range extender in the Evoluon in Eindhoven. Also, the event was launched a crowdfunding action to the range financial support .

The range extender has to generate 25kW says Max Weetzel, technical manager of Team FAST Cursor. That’s a factor of 1000 more power than was needed for Junior ‘which means a massive scale.

fast team with VDL Bus and junior FAST team with foreground scale Junior

The reason that the team builds on the bus the devices is that they want to develop the technology and not, as marketing manager Tim van Lohuizen Cursor says, “the appearance and interior ‘to pass the bus. A trailer according to the students, therefore, an ideal way to provide opportunities to develop as well as possible.

The system works by the conversion of formic acid by means of a catalyst, into carbon dioxide and hydrogen. The reason that there are formic acid, and hydrogen is not included in the bus, is that hydrogen has a very low density and, therefore, it must be transported in large tanks. Formic acid as a liquid takes up much less space.

The bus is nothing more than an electrical bus with an on-board fuel cell that creates electricity from hydrogen and oxygen with the aid of the formic acid. In addition, formic acid in the advantage that the treatment similar to that of gasoline: refueling simply goes with a hose and a large part of the infrastructure is already there.


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