A fuel cell is often described as a chemical battery because it converts chemical energy directly to power. In EcoMotion’s case, the fuel cell’s chemical energy comes from the methanol fuel. The chemical energy can also stem from other fuels such as hydrogen.
An energy-efficient solution
The advantage of fuel cells is that the chemical energy is converted with high efficiency, low emissions and a low noise level. In addition, the technology is modular, which means that the efficiency is constant, whatever the size of the fuel cell. There are several types of fuel cells, but generally the higher a fuel cell’s working temperature, the less fuel-sensitive it will be.
EcoMotion trucks are equipped with high-temperature PEM-fuel cells. (PEM stands for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane).The advantage of this type of fuel cell is that fuels such as methanol and natural gas can be used, and these are easier to handle than e.g. hydrogen.
Fuel cells – an eco-friendly alternative
Fuel cells can convert methanol to both electricity and heat, without any pollution, provided that the methanol production is CO2neutral. This makes using fuel cells a highly eco-friendly alternative in energy production when (bio)methanol is produced from renewable energy sources. See Serenergy for further information on fuel cell technology