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Plug Power lands hydrogen fuel test contract from the US DoE

  • Plug Power (PLUG +2%) says it's won a $650K test contract from the U.S. Department of Energy to test the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells to power the refrigeration units in semi-trailer trucks transporting perishable and frozen foods.
  • Most of the transport refrigeration units on U.S. roads currently are powered by diesel generators.
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  • philblock
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    Replacing the diesel with Fuel Cells would not only reduce noise and exhaust pollution, but would probably also reduce some of the weight that the truck must haul, saving fuel. How about the railroads? Do they not also have refrigerated cars? How about ships, freight and touring, that would benefit from a direct conversion device (Fuel Cell) instead of the MG (Motor/Generator) set that is not only noisy, but limited in efficiency, and requires special space and high tech maintenance? And last, but not least, in the electric automobile, were the AC load can be separate from the main propulsion system, reducing that systems size, thereby improving efficiency all around.
    23 Aug 2013, 08:47 PM Reply Like
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