GLASGOW, 16 September 2011 – An environmentally friendly van, developed by the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies (ICHET) in Turkey supported by UNIDO as part of its programmes on renewable technologies, was presented at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention that ended in Glasgow today.
The hydrogen-driven Ecocaravan is a custom-built mobile home which boasts 1.7 kW roof-mounted solar panels, a 1 kW wind turbine and 1.2 kW backup fuel cells. The Ecocaravan can produce its own electricity from wind and solar energy or, in their absence, from stored hydrogen obtained through electrolysis during excess electricity production.
Its mobility, reactivity and flexibility are its distinctive hallmark. An autonomous self- propelled living unit, the Ecocaravan can rely on its hydrogen stock for approximately one week of normal usage and is can operate in remote areas or in emergency relief conditions, either as a mobile medical centre, a relief coordination hub or a mobile educational house.
Once the on-board batteries are charged to 90 per cent capacity, the system automatically switches to hydrogen production mode. Hydrogen is not only used to power the fuel cells, but also to cook using a hydrogen cooker.
The Ecocaravan has so far toured eleven cities in Turkey, and has visited the 2011 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi and the 2011 Vienna Energy Forum.
The hydrogen-driven vehicle is a result of the work of the International Centre for Hydrogen Technologies – a joint project by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.
Founded in Istanbul in 2004, the International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies has as its main goal to market hydrogen technology products and achieve their industrialization.
The Scottish Government strongly supports renewables and has an ambitious aim to have 100 per centof its electrical demand met by renewable sources of energy by 2020.
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