For many years research and development teams at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava deal with alternative energy sources. They developed the technology of solar systems, geothermal energy utilization and, ultimately, hydrogen fuel cell technology and its use in energy and transport.
Activities Research and Development Laboratories fuel cells include research, development and prototyping. It is possible to meet with small demonstration units designed secondary schools involved in the program, power sun. These were developed by a team doc. Horáka in collaboration with prof. Bouzkem University of Chemical Technology in Prague in 2005. In addition, there are designed and implemented a prototype hybrid power systems with capacities up to tens of kilowatt.
The team in recent months employed exceptional job channeled into demonstration systems with fuel cells from which they expected much more than just learning utilization of exhibition and presentations. End User latest technology workplaces TU Košice. The content of procurement organized for TU Košice HSH Group was built IT system the hydrogen fuel cell as the main energy source for electric drive vehicles replica Jeep Willys.
The Czech Republic is only one place to the concentration of technology and industry, the production of hydrogen or hydrogen-rich gas directly usable for fuel cells – Ostrava. Analogously, it is also in the Slovak Republic. The industrial area of Kosice industrial plants US Steel can play in the future an important role in the development of a „hydrogen society“.
Many years of collaboration between the VSB – TU Ostrava and TU Košice has always been linked to the industrial background of these agglomerations. Also, cooperation in research, development and use of alternative energy sources and increasing their efficiency and effectiveness has many years of use.
Cooperation topped just Deliveries of the latest technology was born out of concern for modern technology, automotive and use of these technologies in the transport sector. These attributes are proclaimed in the call Shell Eco Marathon competition organized by Shell. Thus, the students met for the first time the teams VSB-TU Ostrava and TU Košice in preparation for the contest Shell Eco Marathon in Nogaro in France in 2004. By working together, so VSB – TU Ostrava ranked among the top five European elite universities which managed hydrogen technology implemented into the vehicle. Racing car HydrogenIX then attended the competition in track length of almost 25 kilometers in less than 2 grams of hydrogen consumption.
Implementation of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the Jeep Willys beside usage in education aims to develop a much closer scientific research intercollegiate collaboration. Implementation involves issues of topics in many fields. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is not only electrochemistry and material technology. It is also the area of electronics, electromechanical, computer science, measurement, control and ultimately the economy and especially safety.
The vehicle called Jeep HyIX, shortened from the historical name HydrogenIX bears the logo „Energized by FEI“. The vehicle is designed primarily for teaching, research, development and demonstration purposes. Chassis and body of the vehicle is a scale replica of the famous original Jeep Willys used by Allied forces during WWII. Its size and design is a reflection of the rules for the category „urban concept“ Shell Eco Marathon. The vehicle is powered by an electric motor with an output of 1kW system powered by low-temperature hydrogen PEM fuel cell company Ballard. Now control and safety systems implemented algorithms together with optimal control, measurement and distributed control come from the workshop of researchers from the Technical University of Ostrava. Installation of proprietary technology and drive the vehicle was implemented workplace Prototyping Laboratory C112, which is one of many research and development laboratories Centre for Advanced and innovative technologies VSB-TUO.
The supply of hydrogen technology is a draft license agreement for the period until 2023. To implement the use of knowledge and experience gained in the project and ENET TIP MIT FR TI 1/223 „Research and development of electric drive units“.
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