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Daimler awards Quantum contract to develop advanced high capacity hydrogen storage systems for fuel cell vehicles

12 September 2011

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc. has been awarded a purchase contract from Daimler AG for ultra-light weight hydrogen storage tanks. Under this contract, Quantum will develop 10,000 psi (70 MPa) high capacity carbon fiber composite hydrogen tanks that are designed specifically for potential use in future Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell electric vehicles.

Quantum will apply its advanced ultra-light weight carbon composite and polymer liner technology to design and validate hydrogen tanks to the latest European standards and additionally to Mercedes-Benz safety, performance and durability specifications.

Quantum introduced the first ultra-light weight 10,000 psi (70 MPa) on-board hydrogen storage tanks in 2001, and continued to improve the technology with support from the US Department of Energy.

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A world full of vehicles with 10,000 psi fuel tanks is very scary to me.

You must be petrified with millions of vehicles containing highly inflammable gasoline running around! Not to mention gasoline's carcinogenic effects and proven killer record in fumes.

Highly flammable gasoline is not kept in a 10,000 psi tank in your car. Highly flammable hydrogen in 10,000 psi is insanity. NO 10,000 PSI TANKS IN CARS! CALL YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE AND TELL THEM WE DON'T WANT THIS!

No corn ethanol gas guzzlers either.

ejj,
At 10,000 psi, the H2 fuel tank is practically bullet-proof and crash-proof, meaning that it will not even rupture in a collision so severe that no one can survive! You cannot ask for more from a fuel tank!

If the carbon-fiber H2 tank should leak, the H2 will fly upward so fast that it has no time to linger around to catch fire. Or if the H2 should burn, it will burn as it ascends skyward and not engulfing the occupants on the ground. The H2 tank is fiber-wound in all direction such that it will not explode, only leak. It is made with the same materials as in armored vehcles and bullet-proof vests.

Often nowaday, a survivable car crash is followed by fire from the gasoline fuel tank rupture, which will then burn and engulf the survived occupants to death. Hate to scare you, but we are driving around a firebomb every day!

This is what I'm worried about with a 10,000 psi fuel tank...scene from the movie "Top Secret"...

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=dT0J0rcJTLo&vq=large

With a 10,000-psi H2 tank in a Ford Pinto, none of the explosion would have happened. The H2 tank is virtually indestructible.

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