Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies and Zero Emissions Day

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Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies and Zero Emissions Day

Zero Emissions Day is observed in many countries around the World annually on September 21. The main idea is to avoid any activity which is directly associated with using of fossil fuels. People will be looking into how they can take part. Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies, Ltd. (APFCT) develops different types of fuel cell technologies which can help people take part in lowering emissions not only on ZeDay, but also on a daily basis.

APFCT’s mission is to be a world-class fuel cell technology R&D center. As a technology provider, APFCT forte includes design and production for fuel cell stack, system integration and low-pressure hydrogen storage. APFCT technologies is ideal for application on all range of light vehicles such as scooter and micro car. The latest fuel cell scooter prototype allows continued driving up to 80 kilometers with two hydrogen storage canisters. The exchanging of the hydrogen storage canisters takes less than one minute.

In a demonstration in 2012, in Kenting, Taiwan, APFCT implemented a system of 80 fuel cell scooters and refueling points in tourist locations where users could exchange their hydrogen canisters in gas stations, convenience stores, and police stations over the course of one year. APFCT then conducted a survey, and most riders were satisfied with the fuel cell scooters’ speed, handling, range, and the hydrogen canister exchange system, and 70% responded that they might purchase a fuel-cell powered scooter in the future.

APFCT’s business model is to design and mass produce PEM fuel cells for and in collaboration with OEM of light vehicle manufacturers who are interested in developing commercial fuel cell vehicles. Some companies that are already cooperating with APFCT include American giant Dupont Fuel Cells and Dupont Taiwan, Ltd. whom have signed agreements to commercialize PEM fuel cells for Taiwan’s electric scooters.

Since about two thirds of road transport in Taiwan is through scooters, and this is a cause of air pollution, the Taiwan government puts top priority to find solutions. APFCT is collaborating with the government, and Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs passed the Fuel Cell Motorbike Standard in July 27, 2012 paving the way for further developments in fuel cell technology. In 2012, the APFCT fuel cell scooter passed the Taiwan Vehicle Safety Certification. ZES is expected to become “the next generation city commuter”.