In the first Shell Eco-marathon to take place in Asia, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) took first place with 599 km per liter (1,410 mpg US, 0.17 L/100km) of gasoline equivalent, in an electric vehicle design that hybridized Horizon’s hydrogen fuel cells with an ultracapacitor.
|Horizon fuel cell system in vehicle. Click to enlarge.|
Horizon’s fuel cells also powered Thailand’s first ever hydrogen participation (King Mongtut Institute of Technology) to 3rd place for the Asia region.
Horizon started with sales of next-generation fuel cell power products in small consumer products, while developing increasingly larger-scale solutions targeted at applications that include portable power, aerospace, stationary systems and transport. (Earlier post.) Horizon currently develops complete PEM (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) fuel cell power solutions delivering 0.3 W to 15 kW. The PEM fuel cells are air-cooled, and self-humidified, making it possible to offer simpler and therefore more reliable system designs.
The first Asian Shell Eco-marathon included 81 teams from 10 Asian countries and was held at the Formula One Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia on 7-10 July 2010. Shell Eco-marathons have been held for more than 25 years, bringing together high schools, universities, and engineering schools from different countries to create and race the most energy-efficient vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and now Asia, winning teams are rewarded for traveling the furthest distance using the least amount of energy, as fuel or fuel equivalent.