Final data about H2Power experimentation
Villa Umbra welcomed on the 24th of October the official presentation of H2POWER , the minibus fuelled with a mixture of hydrogen and methane realized thanks to the European project Life plus and having as leader the Municipality of Perugia. It has been implemented in synergy to Umbria Mobilità, Egenera, I&CT and Tamat: unique experiment of its kind in Italy. The results tell us how the prospects opened up by this research are of great scientific , social and economic value. Totally designed and made in Umbria, H2POWER will certainly have a reverb both nationally and internationally. <This Project> said the Councillor for Mobility of the Municipality of Perugia, Roberto Ciccone < was an happy example of how policy and innovation can go hand in hand: the task of the first one should be, in fact , to imagine a innovative future scenarios and put the research in a position to work in this direction > he concluded. The main element of this project was not to be searching for its own sake, but to apply it to the case study and to create the conditions for a real relapse in economic, environmental and productive contributing to the killing of pollutants and saving on fuel consumption.
The conference was an opportunity to face the issue about the research over the idro-methane, thanks to the participation of Dr. Vincenzo Cazzola, Emilia Romagna Start consultant for the project ” Mhybus ” and of professors Fabrizio Giamminuti and Livio De Santoli at the head of the trials that are taking place at the University ” La Sapienza” in Rome. At the base of the project , there was a clear desire to pursue a pragmatic immediate applicable research: in this respect has been used an existent mean. <After the conclusion of the experiment and analysis of gas> said Eng. Raffaele Confidati , President of Egenera , technical partner H2POWER < we can affirm to have obtained very important results: after having realized a dual-fuel system automated with 35% hydrogen , we have found a reduction of carbon monoxide at 80 – 90% in a complex path (made of climbs, descents and maximum acceleration ) and a reduction from 20% to 40 % CO2 , compared to the methane (considered in itself a less polluting fuel )> . < These data could surely grow up > has continued <if we compare them to fuel diesel or petrol>.
The other aspect not to be underestimate is the independence from oil that gives the use of hydrogen, since this can be created “in house” by the electrolysis of water, and finally the consumption savings of 30% by weight and 7% by volume. The importance of collaboration with the Department of Mechanics Engineering, directed by prof. Carlo Nazareno Grimaldi, has been relevant in order to experience and test the modified engine for the power supply to hydro-methane. After having chosen the methane vehicle> said Eng. Claudio Sabini of Umbria Mobilità <we proceeded to buy an engine identical to the one that the vehicle was equipped with before and, once brought to the bench, we proceeded to trial and the necessary changes to operate with hydrogen>. <This modifications> continued <have been reported on the engine mounted on the bus to begin test on the road that led to the excellent results achieved.
The tests were made on the urban route of Perugia , in order to absolutely obtain reliable results, simulating the presence of passengers on board the vehicle by placing the ballast > concluded . <The The goal of the project presented to the European Commission in 2009> commented Eng. Renato Burri, scientific coordinator of the H2POWER project <was to demonstrate the effective reduction of emissions of pollutants and to demonstrate a viable alternative to fuels currently used>. During this period of research was finally found that a chain in this area can be available to the marketing of the product. The interventions of Tamat NGO and I&CT have finally pointed out another important aspect of the project, that of raising awareness of citizens and young people. During the three years of H2power were , in fact , made a series of activities aimed at this purpose: meetings with schools and universities, public awareness campaigns carried out in collaboration with the local technical institutes, workshops and press conferences.
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