DaimlerChrysler Tests Natrium
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.
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