ESTARFUTURE APPOINTED NZ AGENT FOR HORIZON FUEL-CELL PRODUCTS
19th March, 2007: EStarFuture Corporation Limited has been appointed New Zealand agent for Horizon's fuel-cell products. Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies is an award-winning Hong Kong company--its stylish model fuel-cell car won an Invention of the Year Award from Time magazine in 2006. Click here for EStarFuture's fuel-cells/FCVs page, from which you can explore the links on the lower part of the page, which take you to details of Horizon's range of PEM fuel-cells. Power-ratings range from 12W to 300W. The range of products includes hand-sized metal-hydride tanks, which hold 10L or 20L of hydrogen.
ESTARFUTURE GETS OWNERSHIP OF ESTARFUTURE.COM AT LAST
26th March, 2007: After a protracted struggle with a cybersquatter, who had camped on the domain name estarfuture.com hoping to make a killing from us, EStarFuture Corporation Limited finally gained ownership of what always was rightfully ours. It took two years, but we ignored the squatter's exorbitant demands until he had to realise that no one else was going to buy the name and came down to a sensible figure--i.e., the minor sum that you would normally pay to a reputable registrar. Final negotiations, via Escrow.com which gave excellent service, began on the 14th of March and were completed on the 26th (New Zealand time: which was the 25th in the United States where Escrow.com is located).
So now you can enter estarfuture.com or estarfuturecorp.com in all our page names. Both work equally well.
THE ESTARCAR AIMS AT THE X-PRIZE
14th April, 2007: If sufficient sponsorship can be found in time the innovative EStarCar is be entered for the Automotive X-Prize (AXP). The original X-Prize catalysed the creation of the private space-flight industry. The X-Foundation wants the AXP to catalyse the mass-production of everyday automobiles that will not trash the planet.
The EStarCar stands a good chance of winning the AXP because of its innovative design, its multiple electric power-
sources, its dispersed production model and its versatility. Instead of needing vast, complex, prohibitively expensive factories it is designed to be built by small teams in small, inexpensive premises, so production can be endlessly scaled up all over the planet in an organic, amoeba-like process. It is thus particularly well-suited to the problem of replacing the world's 900 million oil-burners.
Any fitting body can be mounted on its ultra-strong chassis, and it has inherent four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, which can be 6WD/6WS, 8WD/8WS, 10WD/10WS, etc., so it has an open-ended versatility. Owners could have several customised bodies for a single chassis, via third-party bodymakers, thus inexpensively achieving a wide range of very different functions. It can even be the cabin and power-train of a twin-hulled boat. Its lightweight alloy body and chassis make it energy-efficient, long-lasting and easy to recycle.
WORLD'S FIRST HYDROGEN FUEL-CELL JET
May 2, 2007: An unmanned hydrogen fuel cell powered jet made history in April as it took to the skies over the hills of Bern, Switzerland. The 'Hyfish' (illustration below) astonished its creators as it flawlessly performed vertical climbs, loops and other aerial acrobatics at speeds reaching 200km/hour (click here to see the video).
These first amazing flights were the result of cooperative development between the German Air & Space Centre (DLR, or Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft-und Raumfahrt) and a number of international partners, including Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies Pte Ltd of Singapore, which provided the record performance fuel cell that powered the flight of this next-generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).
UAVs are one of the most demanding applications for emerging hydrogen fuel cell power technologies due to the constraints of size, weight and aerodynamics. Scientists at Stuttgart's DLR Institute for Technical Thermodynamics integrated Horizon's ultra-light and compact fuel cell system into an aircraft with a total weight of just 6 kg. The HyFish has a fuselage length of just 1.2m and a short 1m wingspan. Unlike previous experiments with slower moving and lower power glider configurations, this is the first time a fast plane with jet wings was able to fly with a hydrogen fuel cell as its only power source.
The fuel cell developed by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies Pte Ltd fulfilled all the required technical, physical and design conditions of this highly challenging system. The special fuel cell designed by Horizon's team produces an electrical power output of 1 kilowatt from a total system weight of only 3kg, which includes the pressurized hydrogen tank. In optimal conditions, Horizon's fuel cell stack alone was able to deliver a peak power of 1.3kW at only 800g of weight, achieving a record fuel-cell power-density of well over 1.5W/g.
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EStarFuture Corporation is New Zealand agent for Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies.