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Natrium fuel cell minivan testbed
Looking like a conventional Town & Country minivan, the Natrium runs on hydrogen supplied by a solution of sodium borohydride.

DaimlerChrysler Tests Natrium

DaimlerChrysler officially introduces the Natrium minivan testbed.

By EV World

The idea is really quite simple. The compound sodium borohydride is exceptionally rich in hydrogen, which can be released in the presense of water and a rare earth catalyst. The by-products of this chemical process are hydrogen and borax, the same material used in the soap product. The hydrogen can be used to power a fuel cell while borax can be recycled and turned back into sodium borohydride fuel.

This is why the engineers at DaimlerChrysler have taken a serious interest in this technology originally developed by Millennium Cell. To test its feasibility, the engineers at the Liberty & Technical Affairs Center integrated the system into a conventional minivan and named it "Natrium", the Latin word for sodium.

The Natrium minivan was official unveiled during the Electric Transportation Industry Conference in Sacramento, December 12, 2001. You can listen to both Tom Moore and Christian Mohrdieck's comments during the official press conference.

Click the speaker's photograph to listen to their RealPlayer audio file.

Tom Moore Thomas Moore
As the Vice President for Liberty & Technical Affairs, it's Tom's responsibility to oversee DiamlerChrysler's US advanced technology research.
Christian Mohrdieck Christian Mohrdieck
A native of Germany, Christian directs the company's US fuel cell research efforts at Liberty & Technical Affairs. He explains the pros and cons of the sodium borohydride system.

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Published: 05-Jan-2002

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