Bramble Vitality, an innovator in gas cell expertise, has joined forces with Equipmake, Aeristech and the College of Bathtub to develop a revolutionary new hydrogen double-deck bus integrating Bramble’s revolutionary, low-cost printed circuit board gas cell (PCBFCTM) expertise.
Bramble Vitality is the lead associate of the Hydrogen Electrical Built-in Drivetrain Initiative (HEIDI) which has acquired £6.3m funding from the Advance Propulsion Centre as a part of the Automotive Transformation Fund. The £6.3m awarded by the federal government can be matched by business to a complete of £12.7m.
The UK-based consortium will develop a hydrogen-powered double-deck bus, utilizing a first-of-its-kind gas cell expertise from Bramble Vitality; Aeristech’s excessive effectivity air compressor, and Equipmake’s motor energy electronics and battery administration system. The powertrain can be optimised by car simulations carried out by the College of Bathtub.
Bramble Vitality has been chosen for this mission attributable to its revolutionised gas cell design and manufacturing course of. Utilizing a patented-protected printed circuit board expertise, it could possibly create bespoke gas cell stacks in a matter of days at scale and low-cost. Bramble’s PCB expertise eliminates the requirement for a lot of advanced and dear parts present in a typical electrochemical stack, which not solely simplifies the provision chain but in addition doesn’t require huge retooling for manufacture.
The gas cell stacks might be produced in nearly any dimension and association in keeping with the top buyer’s wants. The result’s an unparalleled cost-effective resolution to supporting and accelerating the decarbonisation of public transport and to enhance air high quality in cities and cities around the globe.
Dr Vidal Bharath, CCO at Bramble Vitality commented: “Gasoline cell expertise can ship a viable internet zero resolution that lends itself to industrial autos the place downtime must be restricted. This consortium of companions implies that we can ship a world-leading hybridized powertrain, utilising our revolutionary low price PCBFC™ expertise for the bus sector, the place there must be a viable electrified resolution that may ship on price and scalability.”
In help of ambitions to construct an end-to-end provide chain for zero-emission autos (ZEVs) within the UK, the mission is anticipated to help practically 500 jobs over the subsequent decade and save practically 6 million tonnes of CO2 from being emitted.
The UK primarily based consortium within the HEIDI mission will help gas cell manufacturing within the UK for buses and industrial autos and, utilizing a novel, low-cost technique to fabricate gas cells will speed up the price discount of gas cells, their use throughout society and the discount of CO2 emissions.