Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. said it began road tests Sept. 13, 2004, of its. recently developed direct methanol type fuel cell two-wheeler. Yamaha’s plans call for this road testing to continue under a variety of conditions until Dec. 31, 2005, at which time environmental performance will be studied.
Yamaha first began research and development more than 20 years ago on the fuel cell system as a power source for vehicles. The fuel cell vehicle, called the FC06 Proto, uses the Yamaha DMFC (direct methanol fuel cell) System. This direct methanol type fuel cell system, developed exclusively by Yamaha, eliminates the need for the converter unit required by a hydrogen-run fuel cell by using liquid methanol diluted in water as its fuel, says the company.
The Yamaha system can be made into a compact power source that maintains its power output performance when used for smaller machines that require an electrical output of less than one kilowatt, says Yamaha. The company introduced its “Yamaha Fuel Cell System” in July 2003.
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