SAI-Number: 2019/299

Thursday, January 31  2019


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Aragón and Castilla-La Mancha join forces to promote research into hydrogen and fuel cells

The Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragón (FHa) and the National Center for the Experimentation of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies (CNH2) sign a protocol to promote joint initiatives related to research on hydrogen and batteries of fuel and its use in economic sectors and in society in general.

The protocol, signed in Toledo, also aims to collaborate in programs of common interest, both research, equipment and infrastructure provision and mutual advice in the promotion and monitoring of scientific activity.

In addition, this agreement constitutes a stable framework for cooperation in hydrogen technologies and fuel cells, based on the extensive experience that both entities have in this field both in Spain and in international projects, will serve to launch new initiatives focused on hydrogen and its technological, scientific and business use, as indicated by a press release.

In this way, the protocol includes several lines of action such as the creation of joint working groups and a joint committee composed of three representatives of each entity that will meet periodically and schedule activities, cooperation agreements and research contracts with public entities and private ones that have to be established.

It also gathers the interest of the Hydrogen Aragon Foundation and the National Hydrogen Center for developing at the same time research and development activities in specific fields such as the generation of hydrogen from renewable energies.

This general protocol of collaboration has been signed by Jesús Sánchez, general director of Industry, SMEs, Trade and Crafts of the Government of Aragon and vice president of the Board of Hydrogen Aragon Foundation, and Emilio Nieto, director of the National Hydrogen Center. The firm has also been assisted by the director of the Hydrogen Aragon Foundation, Fernando Palacín, and the general director of Universities, Research and Innovation, Ricardo Cuevas.


The Chinese firm Aiways will debut at the Geneva Motor Show

If something good has brought the evolution of the automotive sector is the number of signatures that appear. However, many of them never reach a desired size or success, because the competition is brutal. Today, the only one that has achieved significant impact is Tesla Inc, although from time to time there are rumors about its viability. However, from China comes a new firm willing to eat the European market: Aiways.

For those who do not know, the life of Aiways is very short, since it was founded in 2017. However, it has had a very valuable partner: Roland Gumpert. Together with him, they have developed two models with which to make the leap to international markets. In addition, they do it to the last one, because they are propelled by an electrical system and another one by fuel cell. Perhaps, the point where they fail is in the design, although this is subjective.

The first model we will know is the Aiways RG Nathalie, a supercar of risky design. Its propulsion system, based on a fuel cell, is powered by ethanol. The energy generated by it feeds four electric motors that allow it, according to the brand, to reach a maximum speed of 305 kilometers per hour. In addition, it has a range of 1,200 kilometers, a remarkable figure for the type of model in question.

The second model is the Aiways U5, an SUV that belongs to segment D, since it reaches 4.68 meters in length. This model is driven by an electric block that develops 188 horsepower and 315 Nm of maximum torque. The autonomy, according to the firm, which reaches the U5 is 460 kilometers, although they have not communicated the recharge time. A point in favor of U5 is its technological and security arsenal, including elements such as alert of involuntary lane change.

Spanish Fuel Cells Association – APPICE

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