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Running on e-Bio: Nissan’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System

Yokohama – June 14 – Nissan Motor Corporation announced research and development of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)-powered system running on bio-ethanol electric power, a world first for automotive use.

How an e-Bio fuel cell system works

The system features an e-Bio Fuel-Cell with an SOFC power generator. The SOFC is a fuel cell that utilizes a reaction of multiple fuels including ethanol and natural gas with oxygen to form electricity with high efficiency.

The e-Bio Fuel Cell generates electricity through the SOFC (power generator) using bio-ethanol stored in the vehicle.

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system test bench

The e-Bio Fuel-Cell utilizes hydrogen transformed from fuel via a reformer and atmospheric oxygen, with the subsequent electrochemical reaction producing electricity to power the vehicle.

The e-Bio Fuel-Cell uses SOFC as its power source

Unlike conventional systems, e-Bio Fuel-Cell features SOFC as its power source, affording greater power efficiency to give the vehicle cruising ranges similar to gasoline-powered cars (more than 600km).

In addition, the e-Bio Fuel-Cell car’s distinct electric-drive features—including silent drive, linear start-up and brisk acceleration—allow users to enjoy the joys and comfort of a pure electric vehicle (EV).

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