UVic Torch -- Fall 2004
Autumn 2004,
Volume 25, Number 2

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HYDROGEN-FUELED VEHICLES MAY BE SOME DISTANCE OVER THE HORIZON, but a group of forward-thinking students has developed a winning design for the filling station of the future.

A nine-member team of engineering, business and economics students led by Mechanical Engineering Prof. Andrew Rowe, won the grand prize in a competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada. Their hydrogen station concept includes technical details, environmental impacts, safety issues, profit margins, and public awareness strategies. The results were chosen ahead of competitors from 16 other North American universities.

UVic’s hydrogen pump would store liquid hydrogen at -20?C for vehicles that could produce 95 per cent fewer greenhouse gasses and require 42 per cent less energy. Rowe calls it “a beautiful solution.”

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