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Introducing SILENT-F: a step towards an electric vehicle for everyday use

14 May 2014

To build and test a light transport vehicle using a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) hybrid system - this is the aim of SILENT-F, a joint project of Forschungszentrum Jülich and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences (Jülich Campus), started in December 2013 and presented for the first time on the Forschungszentrum campus on 7 May 2014.  

By the end of the project, a demonstration vehicle equipped with a DMFC hybrid system will be ready for application-oriented tests, and thus taking another step towards implementing an electric vehicle for everyday use. 

SILENT-FTrial run: observers are invited to take a close look at the SILENT-F project vehicle during its recent launch.
Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich

The crucial advantages of this concept lie in the improvements it offers in terms of both range and extended operating time in comparison with battery-only vehicles. These plus points, in addition to a higher degree of safety and lower environmental impact, are essential if electric vehicles are to be successful in the market place. Furthermore, the DMFC as a range-extender makes the engine considerably quieter than comparative ones in general use.  The SILENT-F project is based on a commercially available vehicle for in-house transport or municipal use.

SILENT-FProject leader Nicola Kimiaie (second right), IEK-3, and Herbert Feilbach (front), PGI/JCNS-TA, launch their first success: the fuel cell is already mounted on the vehicle. A plastic cover serves temporarily as protection from the rain.
Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich

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