In the newsletter of November we aim to update you on this month’s developments and events of Eco-Runner Team Delft.
We will present our Eco-Runner X Conceptual Design, inform you about the end of our project’s first phase and inform you regarding our next phase; the production phase. We will look at the progress we have made in the past month, the events we have contributed to and we will look ahead to what is coming. Lastly, we will discuss this month’s developments regarding hydrogen in the world of sustainable mobility.
Eco-Runner X Concept Design
This month we have finalised the design of our Eco-Runner X. Doors and windows have been positioned and the shape of the car has been finalised. Virtual reality gave us the opportunity to make these final adjustments to the vehicle; The overall sight of the driver inside the car could be examined by using a VR-program, so that our engineers were able to adjust the vehicle in order to optimise the view of the driver on the road.
This month’s focus was on completing our design phase. The design phase will move into the production phase but for this to occur gradually, decisions in our designs had to be finalised this November. The materials for the different parts of the Eco-Runner X have been chosen. Furthermore we have decided on the rims, brakes and tires. These will now be tested on their suitability to the conditions assigned by the Shell Eco-marathon Urban Concept Class. We have implemented speed limits at the road curves to improve road holding and improve vehicle performance. The Eco-Runner X’s fuel cell has arrived.
Upcoming weeks it will undergo exhaustive testing. Next month we will be working on templates to minimize material waste, keeping the Eco-Runner X production as sustainable as possible. We will also work on the architecture of the electronic wiring which is vital to the safety of our vehicle. After these plans have been finalised, the production phase will be started.
We have updated our website with new designs and additional information regarding our project. A few pages were added; The new “mission” page explains this year’s new challenge: The Shell Eco-marathon Urban Concept Class competition.
In November we contributed to several events, displaying our Eco-Runner 9 vehicle. On November 9 we attended the TLN Powerplein event, where the Dutch minister of infrastructure and water management attended.
On November 14 Eco-Runner Team Delft attended a symposium held at the Delft University of Technology. The symposium celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Together with the other D:DREAM Teams Hyperloop Delft, NOVA and Human Power Team we displayed the projects we are working on.
On October 23rd and 24th we attended the Bright Day festival, the biggest technology festival in the Netherlands. The festival was intended to update their public on the latest technological progress and developments. We were happy to present the promising future of hydrogen technology.
We are very happy to announce our new partnerships with INL Cargo and Gasunie. We thank all our partners for their support in achieving our mission.
Dutch public transport implements fifty new hydrogen buses
Dutch Minister of Environment and Living Stientje van Veldhoven has recently signed an agreement to implement 50 new hydrogen buses in the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Groningen and Drenthe. All buses will be in use before 2021, but 20 buses will be ready to transport passengers already in 2020.
Currently eight hydrogen buses are in use in The Netherlands. Still there are only eight hydrogen refueling stations. However, increasing the amount of vehicles will help increase the amount of refueling stations, according to Van Veldhoven.
The implementation of hydrogen buses is not unexpected. In 2016 the Dutch government agreed that from 2025 each new bus implemented in public transportation should be emission free. From 2030 no buses in public transportation are allowed any emission.
Hydrogen fuel cells for ships
Hydrogen does not only prove to be promising in the automotive sector. Havyar Group has now started working on a fuel cell system to use in large ships. They want to achieve this by connecting several fuel cells in parallel, resulting in a total output of up to 3.2 MW. The goal is to develop a hydrogen powered system, approved by the International Maritime Organisation for safety purposes.
The company already has experience in building other emission free ships, such as electric ferries. Havyard Group believes “fuel cells provide an optimal solution for this type of maritime applications”.