Horizon Fuel Cell has put up for sale its new H-Cell 2.0 hydrogen hobby-grade remote control (RC) car that comes with a major redesign over the last version. Back in 2006, I had talked about the H-Cell 1.0 radio controlled RC that was good for its time.
Besides more power and speed (the H-Cell 2.0 comes with a 30W PEM fuel cell plus smaller and more powerful lithium battery), a couple more impressive features have to do with refilling the fuel cell hobby car.
The H-Cell 2.0 hydrogen hybrid hobby kit comes with 4 HydroSTIK solid-state hydrogen cartridges, two of which are needed at a time to power the vehicle’s 1/10 scale powertrain.
According to Horizon, the HydroSTIK, “…contains a special metal alloy that allows hydrogen to be stored in a solid-state, as part of the metal alloy matrix inside the cartridge. In contrast with ordinary compressed hydrogen tanks, the pressure inside the canister is very low (under 10 bars in normal temperature conditions, and not exceeding 20 to 30 bars at elevated temperatures), making this device the safest and most practical means of storing hydrogen.”
Sold separately is the HydroFill hydrogen refueling station that needs to be filled with water then uses electrolysis from the electrical outlet or solar panel to recharge the HydroSTIKs. This hydrogen fueled hobby car has 3 to 4 times the endurance of its battery electric counterparts.
This may just be a hobby car (with a cool video), but it gives a glimpse of the larger hydrogen vehicles that will be before us in the very near future.