Ecotality Engages Airboss Enterprises for Work on Hydratus On-Board Hydrogen Generation System and Bus
Ecotality, Inc.—formerly known as Alchemy Enterprises (earlier post)—has engaged Airboss Aerospace to act as consulting engineers on its Hydratus bus. Airboss will work in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL) and the California Institute of Technology to continue the development of the Hydratus, an on-board system for the generation of hydrogen from magnesium and salt water.
Airboss Aerospace is a specialist engineering firm in high-tech aerospace programs, with particular expertise in designing, testing and building several cutting-edge aircraft. Airboss will work with JPL to continue the development of the Hydratus through Phase I and Phase II.
In August 2006, Alchemy announced that it had successfully operated a proof-of-concept Hydratus integrated with a hydrogen fuel cell for the first time in a series of tests at JPL.
In November 2006, Ecotality (then Alchemy Enterprises) acquired a hydrogen fuel cell bus from Hydrogenics and is in the process of converting it from compressed hydrogen storage to the use of the Hydratus hydrogen generating apparatus in conjunction with the fuel cell.