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Fuel cell kit for Hobby R/C Cars

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April 12, 2007

April 13, 2007 Horizon Fuel Cell, creator of the H-racer, has unveiled an exciting new application for Radio Controlled, 1/10th scale model car enthusiasts. Named the “H-cell,” Horizon’s integration kit upgrades battery-electric R/C cars to next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The H-cell kit is designed as a “drop in” system for the widely available TT-01 type chassis from Tamiya. The advanced H-cell kit is now being shipped, and a US$1500 refuelling system that uses industrial hydrogen gas is also available.

It comes complete with a hydrogen fuel cell power unit and an adaptable, futuristic body shell. The heart of the kit combines an ultra-compact air-cooled, light emitting PEM fuel cell system, and a scaled down fuel storage system that can safely carry up to 30 liters of solid state hydrogen. With the H-cell, passionate hobbyists can transform their cars into futuristic looking, zero emission fuel cell power concept cars reaching speeds of 22 mph (35km/h), ultra-capacitor induced acceleration, and 4 times more power autonomy (60-70 minutes) over conventional rechargeable battery solutions.

“The H-cell offers passionate hobbyists and professionals the opportunity to discover zero emission fuel cell vehicle mechanics on a 1/10th scale. It’s a very sophisticated and technologically advanced product. With the H-cell, we can envision the start of a new category of R/C hobby ‘concept cars’ that have a very different proposition to Nitro-gasoline powered trucks or buggies”, said Taras Wankewycz, Horizon’s Vice President.

Horizon is the first company to introduce consumer fuel cell products on a global and commercial scale, and is now focused on enhancing the power output and functionality of its applications.

“The new power system for R/C cars uses a scaled down system configuration applicable to portable power solutions, or real-size vehicles,” Wankewycz explained. “The H-cell will encourage innovation in refueling concepts and develop a practical network of small-scale hydrogen distribution, an essential step for many applications to be powered by fuel cells. Horizon is already working on making such solutions viable and economical.”

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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