The use of combustion engines today dominates the ground transportation industry. However, these vehicles distribute harmful pollutants to the atmosphere, as well as consume valuable natural resources and break down due to numerous moving parts. The goal of this project was to decrease or eliminate those problems while still constructing a viable transportation resource.
The Genesis Project really has it's roots tied deeply within the beginning of the New Jersey Venturer Project. The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has been trying to reduce vehicle pollution by researching and testing electric vehicles for mainstream use. Their findings are that electric vehicles by themselves are limited in their use because of recharging and lack of range. This conclusion brought about the search for a more advanced technology.
The NJDOT had been using fuel cell technology to power variable message signs and the success had given them hope for other projects as well. The thought turned to powering a car using this technology.
The New Jersey Venturer project brought together the use of an electric vehicle and the fuel cell technology. The energy used to run the fuel cell was hydrogen. With the abundance of hydrogen in the atmosphere, this was an excellent fuel source. The byproduct of the fuel cell is water, thus there were no harmful emissions from the car. The use of an electric vehicle eliminated the complex machinery and moving parts of a normal combustion engine. Thus the culmination of all of these aspects led to a user friendly as well as environmental friendly automobile.
The NESEA Tour de Sol is a weeklong event with the goal of educating the public to alternative fuel vehicles with the hopes that this technology will become commonplace a short ways into the future. The New Jersey Venturer was entered into the Tour hoping to educate the public and maybe even provide some competition. To the delight of the NJDOT and all involved, the car performed excellently coming in second place in the hybrid vehicle category.
After the success of the Venturer, momentum was gathered for a follow-up vehicle, one that would advance the technology further. The idea for the New Jersey Genesis was formed.
The technology advance was sought out with the help of Millenium Cell. They had a new hydrogen generation technology using boro-hydride to create hydrogen gas which could potentially provide fuel for the hydrogen fuel cell powered car. And thus, the project was born. To use the boro-hydride unit to create hydrogen to supply the fuel cell that will run the Genesis.
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