In this newsletter, we will update you on the competition with Green Twente Twente and HAN Hydromotive and will present to you the Shell Off-Track awards. We will update you on this month’s developments on the production of the Eco-Runner X and will end with news on hydrogen.
On the 21st of April our Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced the extension of the measures taken by our government concerning the outbreak. The current ban on events which require a permit will be extended until the 1st of September. The ban on events makes it complicated for Eco-Runner Team Delft to organise an alternative to the Shell Eco-marathon competition. We are, however, still able to compete with the SEM top-performing teams on different terms.
Our positive attitude and creative mindset helps us find ways to showcase the Eco-Runner X’s abilities. Green Team Twente, HAN Hydromotive and Eco-Runner Team Delft are currently working on different ways in which we can put our vehicles to the test, without the need to physically meet.
The Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre, NLR, has offered the three teams to put the bodies of our vehicles to the test inside their wind tunnel. Wind tunnel testing will be one of the ways in which the three teams will be able to put their vehicles to the test. We are discussing other options on self-organised competitions between the three vehicles in order to test energy efficiency and on-road vehicle performance.
Other than the participation in the self-organised competitions, we will participate in the Shell Off-Track awards. The Off-Track Awards are organised by Shell in order to reward and celebrate the work students have already completed during the course of this year. The Off-Track Awards are given for excellence in communications, technical innovation, design and safety. One extra award is presented to the team that shows the greatest spirit and perseverance in the face of adversity. We will keep you updated on any developments.
We will provide our friends, family, sponsors and partners with results, in order to create virtual attention for our project. With online content and results we aim to shine light on our partners in order to express our deep gratitude for their support throughout this year.
Our engineers have been busy assembling the vehicle two by two. After having completed the body production of the Eco-Runner X in March, the first parts have been mounted in the car. The wheels have been positioned, the construction of the powertrain has begun and the electronics have been implemented. The front and rear lights, the wipers and the dashboard are now working.
The wheels and steering system have been checked and completed after installation. In the week of the 4th of May, the wrap of the Eco-Runner X will be placed around the car.
What remains for us now is to test all the assembled parts together. The coming month we will be busy testing and making the last adjustments to the vehicle. A detailed report on one of the tests that we performed with our partner TNO, written by Eco-Runner engineer Mels Kerklaan in collaboration with TNO, can be found here.
We can not wait to present the final result of our team’s hard work of the last year to our partners, family and friends. In what way we will reveal the Eco-Runner X remains a challenge, but we will keep you updated!
Gasunie participates in offshore hydrogen pilot PosHYdon
Gasunie participates as a partner in the world’s first offshore green hydrogen project: PosHYdon. With the project off the coast of Scheveningen, various parties want to gain experience with the use of an electrolyser at sea and the integration of different energy systems. The plan is to place a 1 megawatt electrolyser on the platform in 2020 to produce green hydrogen.
The pilot is an initiative of Nexstep and TNO in close collaboration with industry. Han Fennema, CEO of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, is enthusiastic about the pilot: “The Netherlands has a top position to lead the transition to a hydrogen economy. We have the North Sea for the production of wind and gas, […] and excellent infrastructure for transport and storage. If we want to achieve our climate ambitions, we must have a large-scale hydrogen infrastructure in good time. This pilot project can be an important step in the right direction.”
Coronavirus facemasks delivered by hydrogen-powered drone
A hydrogen drone has delivered 15,000 protective face masks to residents of the Gapa, Mara and Biyang Islands in South Korea in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This amount should be enough for 2 months for all 490 inhabitants of the island, assuming they use 2 masks per week.
“As there is no pharmacy or post office in Gapa Island, there were concerns about public mask supply. Now I can be rest assured with drone delivery,” said Won Hee-Ryong, Governor of Jeju Providence.
The hydrogen-powered drone was used to prevent contact with the islanders and to avoid additional spread risks.
Proton Technologies: Hydrogen for $0,10 per kilogram
The price of hydrogen is important if it is to be implemented as fuel. The Canadian company Proton now claims it can produce hydrogen for as little as $0.10.
Grant Strem, Chairman and CEO of Proton Technologies explains their production process: “Proton has the world’s lowest-cost method to produce clean energy. Proton has a way to make hydrogen for $0.10 per kg, without emissions, and at a very large scale.”
In an interview with H2 View Strem explains that the Proton process was the result of him and former professor Dr. Ian Gates, recognising the high hydrogen percentage in abandoned oil and gas fields.
“Proton can now go to these abandoned or late-life oil fields, inject oxygen, thereby oxidising the abundant remaining hydrocarbons. This is done with a downhole hydrogen filter that only allows pure hydrogen to come to the surface, leaving everything else in the ground where it started.”
In this way, Proton leverages existing wells, roads, pipelines, powerlines, and people, moving them to a clean energy path.