Prototype shows potential of hydrogen for clean transport
Loughborough, UK, 22 October 2007- Leading fuel cell power systems company Intelligent Energy has provided Suzuki Motor Corporation with its fuel cell power system, installed in the Crosscage, a new prototype hydrogen fuel cell motorcycle that will be unveiled at the 40th Tokyo Motor Show this week. The Crosscage bike is the result of a successful collaboration between the two companies for the production of a unique Suzuki motorcycle design, utilising Intelligent Energy's advanced fuel cell power system.
The Crosscage concept bike is a fuel cell motorcycle designed to achieve optimum performance using Intelligent Energy's air-cooled fuel cell system. Suzuki believes that the Crosscage could be one of the solutions for balancing environmental protection and exciting biking, and that Intelligent Energy is the best partner it can have for the development of fuel cell motorcycles.
Both Intelligent Energy and Suzuki will continue this successful collaboration and are now investigating further fuel cell motorcycle developments based on Intelligent Energy's series of advanced fuel cell systems. These fuel cell systems will demonstrate class-leading fuel cell performance under typical automotive environmental conditions.
"Together Suzuki and Intelligent Energy have made tremendous progress in a short period of time", commented Intelligent Energy's Chief Executive Dr Henri Winand. "Suzuki is an excellent partner to work with, as they are forward-looking in their approach to new product development. We have established a very close working relationship with Suzuki and look forward to the next exciting steps in this partnership."
Intelligent Energy's unique and proprietary PEM fuel cell designs are based on the use of thin metallic bipolar plates, which make the fuel cell extremely compact and well-suited to mass manufacture. In addition, Intelligent Energy's fuel cell systems are designed to be simple, robust and cost-effective solutions, which are especially attractive for automotive applications.
About Intelligent Energy:
Intelligent Energy is a fuel cell power systems company, with a range of leading fuel cell, fuel processing and hydrogen generation technologies. The company is focused on the provision of cleaner power and low carbon technologies. Intelligent Energy's business model is to partner with leading companies globally in the transportation, oil and gas, aerospace defence and stationary and portable power markets.
The company has received high-level recognition both for its portfolio of innovative technologies and its business operations. The company was awarded the status of WEF Technology Pioneer 2006 by the World Economic Forum, one of only 36 advanced technology companies worldwide. Current customers include Boeing, for whom Intelligent Energy have developed a fuel cell system to power a light aircraft and PSA Peugeot CitroŽn, with whom the company is developing automotive fuel cell systems.
Intelligent Energy's proprietary fuel cell power systems are characterised by high performance and multifunctional low cost components, designed for manufacturing. The result is fuel cell systems of reduced size, cost and complexity. The company's fuel processing and hydrogen generation platforms are fuel-flexible, providing hydrogen from a range of both conventional fossil fuel and sustainable fuel feedstocks. Intelligent Energy continues to build upon its fundamental technological differentiators to produce fuel cell system platforms, which offer cost-effective solutions to clean energy provision across a broad range of applications.
Intelligent Energy has offices in Loughborough, London, Long Beach, Albuquerque and Johannesburg.
About the Suzuki Motor Corporation:
The Suzuki Motor Corporation is one of the rare manufacturers in the world to produce both motorcycles and automobiles. The company designs and manufactures passenger cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles, ATVs and outboard motors. Its motorcycle products range from scooters to large motorcycles to meet the diverse demands of its customers around the world. Suzuki's automobile business has large share of the Japanese mini car market and develops a range of unique products such as SUVs and mini-vans for the global market, focusing on the compact car market in response to increasing concerns for the good of the environment.
The company vigorously promotes technical cooperation through numerous joint ventures overseas and its main production facilities are located in 23 countries and areas around the world, enabling Suzuki to operate as a global organization serving 192 countries and areas.
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