Dana Corporation Fuel-Cell-Powered Scooter A HIT at Hannover Industrial Fair
TOLEDO, Ohio, May 3, 2004 -- A fuel-cell-powered scooter -- showcasing critical technologies developed by Dana Corporation -- was a featured attraction at the recent Hannover Industrial Fair in Hannover, Germany. Dana said it plans to showcase the scooter at several industry events this year as the company celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Dana developed a number of fuel-cell components on the scooter, including bi-polar plates, end caps, heat exchangers, pumps, and valves. Over the course of the project, Dana developed several inventions and made numerous patentable discoveries that hold promise for advancements in future generations of components.
Designing and integrating components for the scooter provided Dana engineers with further insight into the challenges that customers encounter when constructing a fuel-cell system.
Dana Chairman and CEO Michael J. Burns said, "The valuable product and system knowledge Dana gained with this project will benefit our fuel-cell customers and partners as we take the next steps toward developing high-volume fuel-cell components for stationary and automotive applications."
Combining expertise from the institute Zentrum fur Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung (ZSW) and motorcycle manufacturer Motorrad- und Zweiradwerk GmbH (MZ), Dana scientists and engineers developed the future- generation fuel-cell components incorporated into the scooter.
Dana experts from each of the company's five global Fuel Cell Support Centers successfully created components that had never before been built for such an application. The project aided in understanding the complications involved with a complete fuel-cell system. It also allowed Dana's engineers and scientists to test new theories and products in a real-life application and within a challenging packaging environment.
"Dana has an established global network of support centers for fuel-cell research, each with a specific area of product expertise," said Mike Laisure, president of Dana's Automotive Systems Group. "Our goal is to help fuel-cell integrators succeed by making this a commercially viable power source for the future."
The fuel-cell stack and system is based on ZSW's well proven PEM PowerBag technology. A research institute working in the field of renewable energies and electrochemical energy technology ZSW, of Ulm, Germany, has nearly 15 years of experience in fuel cell design, operation, and testing. The company integrated the Dana components in to the system and developed the system-control unit and design.
The scooter is based on the Charly battery-powered scooter built and supplied by MZ of Zschopau-Hohndorf, Germany. In addition to providing the scooter, MZ has assisted in providing custom designed frames, bodywork, and wiring to support the fuel-cell system.
Dana Corporation is a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacture of value-added products and systems for automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicles. Delivering on a century of innovation, the company's continuing operations employ approximately 45,000 people worldwide dedicated to advancing the science of mobility. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, Dana operates technology, manufacturing, and customer-service facilities in 30 countries. Sales from continuing operations totaled $7.9 billion in 2003. Dana's Internet address is www.dana.com .