In the newsletter of February, we aim to update you on this month’s developments and events of Eco-Runner Team Delft. Most importantly we want to update you on our Design Presentation on the 20th of February, where we presented the final design of the Eco-Runner X with which we will participate in the Shell Eco-Marathon Urban Concept Class this summer. Finally, we will update you on some developments in the hydrogen world.
On the 20th of February, we invited friends, family and partners to our Design Presentation. The night was opened by our Team Manager Antonios Kouzelis. Antonios described all aspects that make this year’s project interesting and explained the way our team functions as a whole. He explained why we chose to switch to the Shell Eco-marathon Urban Concept Class, looking for a new challenge after many successes in the past.
After Antonios opened the night, we welcomed dr. Ad van Wijk, Professor Future Energy Systems at the TU Delft. Professor van Wijk explained why hydrogen is not only important in the mobility sector but has a relevant role in transporting and storing sustainable energy. He mentioned that several countries have planned to produce hydrogen on a huge scale, seeing many promising markets for hydrogen in the future.
We also welcomed Frank Jacobs, car journalist and presenter of Autoweek. Mr. Jacobs described the influence of the energy transition in the mobility sector. Currently, emission-free vehicles are still much more expensive to produce than regular cars. However, the future of emission-free vehicles is promising, and it is even expected that in 2024 emission-free vehicles will cost the same as regular cars.
At the end of the evening, our Chief Engineer Floris Brulleman ended with the reveal of the final design of the Eco-Runner X. On behalf of all our engineers, he explained the choices we have made as a team over the last few months to produce the most efficient hydrogen-powered city car. The presentation ended with the design reveal video. If you haven’t seen it yet, it can be found here.
After the presentation, we invited the audience to the D:DREAM Hall so that they could have a look in the building where our project takes place, ask questions regarding the Eco-Runner X and so that they could end the night with a good talk and a cold beer.
We thank everyone who came to this special night!
Now that we have presented the design of the Eco-Runner X, we will continue our production phase. All departments make great progress. The team has worked hard on the production of the body of the vehicle, making use of the fully recyclable mould produced by 10XL. Our vehicle dynamics department has been working hard on the design of the steering system, doing everything to avoid the car to possibly slip. Furthermore, the wheel suspensions were produced and assembled.
The first part of the production phase has been completed and next month the team will start post-processing. We will work on the final touch and assembling of the parts, making the vehicle ready for driving in two months!
Biggest European hydrogen project of Europe planned in Groningen
Gasunie, Groningen Seaports and Shell Netherlands are planning to start the biggest green hydrogen project in Europe, called NortH2. Their project includes an enormous wind park at sea, which is designated to generate electricity for the production of hydrogen. The project is meant to produce enough hydrogen to cover the energy usage of 12,5 million Dutch households. Read more on the NortH2 project.
First hydrogen-powered train in the Netherlands
The first hydrogen-powered train has arrived in the Netherlands last Wednesday. ProRail wants to do research on the transition to hydrogen-powered trains. The company is working on a CO2-neutral railway from 2050. The first test drives are to be taken place between Groningen and Leeuwarden. Read more on the first hydrogen-powered train in the Netherlands.
83 new hydrogen fuel stations worldwide in 2019
At the end of 2019, a total of 432 hydrogen fuel stations operated worldwide according to H2stations.org. 83 of these had opened in 2019. The total number of stations has grown four times as big in only five years and even 226 fuel stations are still planned to open soon. Currently, Europe has the most operating fuel stations, followed by Japan and Korea. The growth in the number of fuel stations is crucial for the transition to emission-free cars. Read more on the growth of the number of hydrogen fuel stations.