Energy Conversion Devices Awarded DOE Contract to Convert Small Gasoline Internal Combustion Engines to Run on Hydrogen
7 November 2006
Energy Conversion Devices has been awarded a cost-shared contract by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to continue its work on small hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engines. The estimated total cost of the project is approximately US$1.7 million, with DOE providing $1.2 million toward the project.
Under the contract, ECD Ovonics will develop a low-cost method to convert small gasoline internal combustion engines (less than 25 hp) to run on hydrogen fuel, while maintaining the performance and durability of the unmodified engines.
This is a great opportunity for us to advance the work done to date on hydrogen-ICE fueled scooters and three-wheeled taxis, both of which use our proprietary solid-state metal hydride storage systems on-board. We appreciate the DOE’s support and look forward to our collaboration.—Stan Ovshinsky, President and Chief Scientist and Technologist of ECD Ovonics
The Ovonic three-wheeled taxi developed under a cost-shared project with the USAID has been demonstrated in the US and in India. (Earlier post.)
The company sees a significant potential market for reliable, low-cost engines with near zero emissions in stationary and mobile applications which include two- and three-wheeled vehicles, lawn and garden care equipment, and small back-up generator sets.
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