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The Scottish fuel cell consortium - a review of the first year of operation

Wilson, C. and Cruden, A.J. and Gair, S. and Cruden, Andrew and McDonald, J.R. and Armstrong, B. (2002) The Scottish fuel cell consortium - a review of the first year of operation. In: 2nd International Conference on the Sustainable City, 2002-01-01.

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In December 2000, the Scottish Fuel Cell Consortium (SFCC) was established with funding from the Energy Section of Scottish Enterprise, together with industrial, commercial and business partner inputs. The aim of the consortium was to establish an alliance of interested parties willing to explore and promote the use of fuel cell technology across a broad range of activities. The Consortium is initially focussed on road transport issues, where fuel cells are seen to offer an alternative form of clean energy, and which can also make use of Scotland's abundant availability of renewable energy, (wind, wave, hydro-electricity). During its first year of operation the project activities have encompassed (i) system integration of a commercially available fuel cell stack to operate on hydrogen, (ii) packaging of the fuel cell system into a 2.5 seat test vehicle and (iii) the study of a range of infrastructure issues relating to the production, transport and storage of hydrogen, vehicle maintenance costs and servicing, and legislative issues relating to the introduction of this new form of transport.