Ad van Wijk, endowed professor of Future Energy Systems, and his postdoc Carla Robledo from the Department of Process & Energy have succeeded for the first time in Europe in using an electric scooter, which runs on hydrogen, as a Power Plant. In the context of the upcoming holiday period, they had a hydrogen-powered scooter in the ‘Vehicle-to-load’ stand turn on the lights of a mini Christmas tree during the inauguration event of their Mini Car as Power Plant (miniCaPP) programme. They work together with Asia Pacific Fuel Cell Technologies (APFCT) in this programme.
Mini Car as Power Plant
Van Wijk and Robledo’s ‘Mini Car as Power Plant’ (miniCaPP) research programme focuses on the possibilities of integrating power from lightweight vehicles with buildings and machines that need electricity. This can occur by means of ‘Vehicle-to-X’, such as Vehicle–to-home (providing power directly to a home) and Vehicle-to-load (V2L). V2L is especially interesting for off-road situations where people have to deal with insufficient power or for recreational purposes such as camping. A group of cars or scooters can also create a power grid when they are in the Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) mode. The Car as Power Plant project is part of ERA-Net Plus Smart Grids and Co-Evolution of Smart Energy Products and Services (CESEPS). In the coming two years, this programme will concentrate on the V2X performance of hydrogen-powered scooters.
Professor Ad van Wijk conducts research on the possibilities of developing a hydrogen economy. Read more about his research at prof. Ad van Wijk.