By May 10, 2013 Read More →

Alset Global’s Hybrid Hydrogen system debuts in Aston Martin race car

Aston Martin Rapide S Hybrid Hydrogen race carAt the 41st ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nurburgring race on May 19-20th, a prototype, twin-turbo, Aston Martin Rapide S will use Alset Global’s unique Hybrid Hydrogen system to run on pure gasoline or hydrogen or a blend of both.

Alset Global’s Hybrid Hydrogen system comprises a hydrogen fuel supply system, tank and proprietary engine management system. The strength of the Hybrid Hydrogen technology is related to the flexibility of controlling the combustion process according to each particular driving situation: either pure hydrogen, gasoline or an arbitrary blend of both can be selected to ensure optimum power, acceleration and CO2 reduction. This intelligent combustion control results in a powerful and dynamic propulsion system that provides sports car performance but with the carbon footprint of a supermini.

Unlike hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Alset Global’s patented technology, developed over the past eight years, overcomes the lack of a fully developed fuelling hydrogen infrastructure. The simplicity of the Hybrid Hydrogen system means only minimal changes are needed to fit it to conventional engines. The ease of introduction and expected premium of just 15 % over today’s new car prices mean that lower CO2 emission target levels, legislated for 2015 and 2020, are now achievable and affordable.

Launching the technology on Aston Martin’s Rapide S race car will highlight other benefits the Hybrid Hydrogen technology offers. By taking part in one of the toughest races in the world, Alset Global will underline both the reliability and safety of hydrogen technology today. Four carbon-fibre tanks holding 3.23 kg of gaseous hydrogen – two housed next to the driver and two in the trunk of the car – and the refuelling system developed by Alset Global and its partners are approved by German motorsport’s governing body, the DMSB. In addition, the use of the existing 6.0 litre engine will showcase that engine downsizing or electrification is not the only way to achieve low emissions.

Alset Global and its partner organisations hold a number of key patents relating to the entire system. Injection technology and managing the combustion process form the core of Alset Global’s intellectual property around the Hybrid Hydrogen system. Partners include Magna Steyr, which has developed the storage tank and pressure regulation system, Linde, which will supply the hydrogen and the hydrogen refuelling station for the race, Gigatronik which has supported the safety and tank control concept in developing the hydrogen controller and TÜV SÜD, which certified the technical safety requirements for the hydrogen system.