U.S. Army Awards Quantum Follow-On Contract for Hydrogen Refueler
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 9, 2005 -- Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., today announced that it received a contract from the U.S. Army's National Automotive Center (NAC) for an additional HyHauler Plus(TM) transportable hydrogen refueling station. This contract represents an expansion of Quantum's Mobile Hydrogen Infrastructure program with the U.S. Army that will demonstrate "in-time" solutions to meet emerging hydrogen fuel demand as fuel cell technologies are deployed throughout the military as part of the 21st Century Base initiative.
The Quantum manufactured HyHauler Plus(TM) is a large trailer-mounted hydrogen fuel dispensing system, specifically designed to provide fast fills in less than 3 minutes. The HyHauler Plus(TM) utilizes an on-board electrolyzer to generate hydrogen from water and electricity. The complete refueling system includes the electrolyzer, a high-pressure hydrogen compressor, high-pressure hydrogen storage cascade, user-friendly dispensing system, and integrated balance-of-plant. The easy-to-use dispensing system interfaces with the vehicle utilizing an on-board touch screen control system. The Quantum-Tecstar developed hydrogen refueler can be towed by a full-size pickup truck.
"The HyHauler Plus(TM) demonstrates a modular and transportable solution for providing hydrogen refueling infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen internal combustion engine powered vehicles, and portable power systems," said Dennis Wend, Executive Director of the NAC. "We have been very pleased with the performance of the first Quantum unit and look forward to siting both systems at military bases to demonstrate hydrogen infrastructure solutions that could support fuel cell technologies as they are deployed."
"We designed the HyHauler Plus(TM) as a "just-in-time" solution for the Army to provide rapid refueling as hydrogen-powered vehicles begin to emerge," said Alan Niedzwiecki, President and CEO of Quantum. "This is an example of the U.S. Army's leadership as an early adopter of advanced technologies, which we believe could ultimately accelerate the commercialization of fuel cells."
Quantum and its subsidiary, Tecstar Automotive Group, are leaders in powertrain engineering, system integration, and manufacturing of packaged fuel systems and accessories for specialty vehicles and applications including fuel cells, hybrids, alternative fuels, hydrogen refueling, new body styles, mid-cycle vehicle product enhancements and high performance engines and drive trains for OEMs and consumers of aftermarket parts and accessories. Quantum also designs and manufactures hybrid and fuel cell vehicles.
Quantum has product commercialization alliances with General Motors, AM General, and Sumitomo. Quantum's customer base includes General Motors, Toyota, Opel, Hyundai, Suzuki, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, AeroVironment, and the U.S. Army.
More information can be found about Quantum's products and services at www.qtww.com.
About the NAC
The National Automotive Center (NAC), founded in 1992, is the Department of Defense/Army focal point for collaborative ground vehicle research and development. The NAC, located at the Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), is an integral part of the Army's Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The NAC serves as a catalyst linking industry, academia and government agencies in the development and exchange of automotive technologies. The NAC leverages government, commercial industry and academia R&D investments, and initiates shared automotive technology programs. Its primary focus is to benefit current and future military ground vehicle systems through: performance improvements, service life extensions, and reduction in ground vehicle design/manufacturing/ production/operation/support costs.
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