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Quantum Ships 11 Hydrogen Hybrids with Extended Range Package to Norway

H2 Prius units for Norway.

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide has shipped eleven hydrogen-fueled Prius hybrid vehicles to Miljobil Grenland AS, a participant and vehicle provider to the Norwegian Hydrogen Highway project (HyNor). The 11 are part of an order for 15 placed last year. (Earlier post.)

The Hydrogen Hybrid package for the Prius includes Quantum’s electronic multi-point hydrogen injection system, turbocharger and intercooler, Quantum’s compressed hydrogen fuel storage module and hydrogen fuel delivery system, and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) crashworthy design and validation.

The 11 vehicles in this shipment were equipped with an extended range package: 2.4 kg at 5,000 psi, compared to the standard 1.6 kg at 5,000 psi. The extended range package increases driving range by an estimated 30% to more than 100 miles.

In addition to performing in specified starting conditions and meeting certain drivability specifications, these vehicles were designed to meet European safety standards, including the successful completion of crash testing to verify the safety of the converted vehicles.

The Norwegian government, industry participants, and the organizations participating in a joint effort called HyNor plan on creating a Hydrogen Highway between the capital, Oslo, and western Norway’s port of Stavanger.

The Norwegian HyNor plan calls for five refueling stations along the main highway from Oslo to Stavanger, the center of the national petroleum industry that makes Norway the world’s third largest oil exporter, after Saudi Arabia and Russia. By 2009, HyNor plans to have enough fueling stations along the 580-kilometer (360 mile) route to allow hydrogen-powered vehicles to routinely make the trip. The ultimate goal is to extend the hydrogen infrastructure network through much of Scandinavia under the Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership, a joint organization formed by HyNor, Sweden’s HyFuture, and Denmark’s Hydrogen Link.


Phil Degrave

Moonbats slamming the Hydrogen economy and linking it to Iraq in 3....2.....1

John Baldwin

Its a great idea.

Norway very keen to sell more natural gas to UK and Europe - this will be needed to make the hydrogen....

There is a lot of natural gas out there, we need to do something with it otherwise low prices will last for another 20 years....increasing demand for electricity to make H2 or just to make H2 is a great opportunity for the natural gas industry.



Are you serious?


Dont they have ample hydropower that could be employed to produce hydrogen without releasing co2? this would explain why hy makes sense there and not here.


Again, let me get this clear. 100 mile range. Fueled by hydrogen, which takes time. How much do these cars cost? Isn't electric better?

John Baldwin


Yes. Natural gas prices in UK are back to 2001 levels (when oil was $22/bbl) and looking forward there are massive new sources of gas coming to UK. At the same time, the EU may (at last) be serious about reducing gas demand.....already a new house uses 40% less gas than 2 years ago due to new building regulations that were introduced last year. We have a gas bubble in Europe now, could last for a very long time as further new sources of gas are developed. There will be peak gas someday, but its probably 20 years after peak oil, so a while to wait.


Yes Richard , electric is miles better, but why make things simple when you can make them complicated ! anyway how would the norwegian government tax it!
car companies including toyota are fighting tooth and nail to keep the ICE alive in some form or another!



Now that I know you are serious, let me point out that reforming hydrogen from natural gas will do nothing to help the greenhouse gas emission situation and would probably make it worse do to the inefficiencies of producing hydrogen.

I am sure we will find plenty of other uses for natural gas in the future. If we are so concerned about some supposed glut, then it makes more sense to convert autos to use natural gas than take the indirect route using hydrogne. As far as new houses in U.K., that will not make much of a dent in overall demand, especially as the population of the U.K. is growing.

If we indeed have a surplus, let's keep it that way.

Furthermore, it makes more sense to use natural gas to fuel combined cycle power plants that convert it to hydrogen.

The more I hear about hydrogen, the more I think it is a conspiracy between the oil companies and the auto companies. For the oil companies, hydrogen is great as long as it is done through reforming fossil fuels; for the auto companies, they can use its promise to not really do anything worthwhile in the short term.

And if you want to tell me we can fix all this by making hydrogen using solar or wind, tell me what the cost is going to be for such an enterprise.

Warren Heath

Better idea, use natural gas to produce methanol at $1 per gallon. And I agree wholeheartedly with tom, that there is a conspiracy between auto and oil companies to promote H2, mainly as a greenwashing campaign to continue forcing us to consume their noxious, terrorist funding, heavily taxpayer subsidized oil products, while promoting the pie-in-the-sky H2 economy. And if this H2 economy fantasy ever occurs, you can be sure Auto & Oil companies will control it from well to wheel, and make huge profits forcing us to use this extraordinarily difficult technology.

Cheryl Ho

THere are DME developments in China today:
Since DME has an advantage of decomposition at lower temperature than methane and LPG, R&D for hydrogen source for fuel cell has been carried out. DME has a potential of feedstock for chemicals. DME to olefins is under development in Japan.

If you would like to know more on the latest DME developments, join us at upcoming North Asia DME / Methanol conference in Beijing, 27-28 June 2007, St Regis Hotel. The conference covers key areas which include:

DME productivity can be much higher especially if
country energy policies makes an effort comparable to
that invested in increasing supply.
National Development Reform Commission NDRC
Ministry of Energy for Mongolia

Production of DME/ Methanol through biomass
gasification could potentially be commercialized
Shandong University completed Pilot plant in Jinan and
will be sharing their experience.

Advances in conversion technologies are readily
available and offer exciting potential of DME as a
chemical feedstock
By: Kogas, Lurgi and Haldor Topsoe

Available project finance supports the investments
that DME/ Methanol can play a large energy supply role
By: International Finance Corporation

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