Sunday 13 June 2021

Costa Rica’s Rocket Company Strengthens Green Hydrogen Footprint

Ad Astra becomes a founding member of the Center for Hydrogen Safety

(Liberia, Guanacaste) The Ad Astra Rocket Company has initiated two major projects valued at approximately US$765,000 to strengthen Central America’s first green hydrogen (H2) ecosystem.

Project partners are, Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), a global foundation established by the Toyota Motor Corporation to support the development of a more mobile society, and IDBLab, the innovation laboratory of the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) Group that supports state of ventures that can dramatically improve the lives of vulnerable populations due to economic, social or environmental factors.

- Advertisement -

The CRUSA Foundation, a Costa Rican NGO, promoting Costa Rica’s development, is responsible for the administration of both projects. In addition, in early March, Ad Astra Rocket Company became a founding member of the newlyformed Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS).

The CHS, a globally oriented non-profit organization, dedicated to promoting hydrogen safety and best practices. It builds on the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s (AICHE) experience in chemical industrial process safety, and access to 60,000 members in 110 countries.

Of the two hydrogen ecosystem projects, the TMF supported one involves upgrading Ad Astra’s hydrogen refueling infrastructure in Liberia to state-of-the-art passenger car capability at pressures of 700 bar (10,000 psi). Presently, the facility only supports 350 bar (5,000 psi) refueling, as required by urban buses, such as NYUTI, and other heavy duty transport.

The 700 bar capability is needed to fully service passenger cars, such as the Toyota Mirai, which recently entered Costa Rica’s electric mobility market and other sedans, such as the Honda Clarity and the Hyundai Nexo already in the global hydrogen market.

- Advertisement -

“Hydrogen vehicles are electric, but instead of storing energy in a battery, they make electricity on board, in a fuel cell, by combining hydrogen stored in a tank with oxygen from the air. The only biproduct is pure water and the carbon footprint is zero,” explains Juan Ignacio Del Valle, Ad Astra Operations Director in Costa Rica.

The project will develop additional hydrogen storage capacity at approximately 900 bar, high pressure plumbing, control software, instrumentation, hydrogen pre-cooling, and a new 700 bar dispenser that will complement the existing 350 bar unit already operational at Ad Astra.

With the completion of this upgrade, Costa Rica will have the most advanced green (originating from 100% renewable sources) hydrogen refueling capability in Latin America.

The second project, sponsored by IDBLab, addresses the increased sophistication of Costa Rica’s hydrogen ecosystem to refuel both buses and passenger cars. This project involves a number of deliverables associated with the safe and reliable operation of the upgraded facility. They include new operational protocols, control and monitoring software and complete system operations manuals and associated documentation.

On February 24, 2019 Costa Rica launched an ambitious plan to fully de-carbonize the nation by 2050. One of the key technologies to accomplish this goal is energy storage through green hydrogen for mobility and stationary power.

The Ad Astra-led green hydrogen ecosystem, a Public-Private partnership involving national and international partners, is a major step in Costa Rica’s decarbonization journey.

- Advertisement -

“We are thrilled to move forward on these projects, as we bring the most advanced fuel-cell electric vehicle technology to Costa Rica,” said former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz, Chairman and CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company.

“Costa Rica’s de-carbonization commitment gives us hope that, through teamwork, focus and a shared vision, we could achieve a national objective in a short time,” he added.

The Ad Astra Rocket Company is the developer of the VASIMR® engine, an advanced plasma space propulsion system aimed at the emerging in-space transportation market.

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Related Articles

Chevrolet installs its first charger for electric cars at its headquarters in Ayarco

QCOSTARICA - With more than 1,600 electric cars of various brands...

Tesla arrives in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - They are known for their electric propulsion system, but...

MOST READ

Tourism’s path to recovery

QREPORTS - A new travel trends research paper released today by Tripadvisor®, the world's largest travel guidance platform, reveals that vaccine rollouts globally are...

Plate rupture has potential for stronger quakes

QCOSTARICA - The 5.7-magnitude tremor, felt at 5:27 pmon Thursday, occurred in a maritime zone with the potential for stronger earthquakes, explained Ivonne Arroyo,...

Southwest adds yet another route to Liberia, now from Denver

QCOSTARICA - Southwest airlines will add a new route to the Daniel Oduber International Airport, in Liberia, this time connecting with the city of...

Apple extended the life of its older iPhones

QTECH - Whether due to the global economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic or due to shortages of electronic components, raw materials, factory...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction: June 13, “EVENS”

Today, Sunday, June 13, only EVENS can circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save for those under the...

Costa Rica will have a system to reduce marine pollution

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica will have a system called "Interceptor" that will eliminate floating and suspended waste from the upper layer of its waters,...

The Best Bingo Halls in Costa Rica

The small Central American country of Costa Rica is known to be one of the top locations to retire, but it is also known...

The US improves travel alerts for Central America; Not Costa Rica and Nicaragua

QCOSTARICA - The United States has eased travel advisories for most Central American countries, with the exception of Costa Rica and Nicaragua, according to...

Daniel Ortega undertook a hunt for presidential candidates and opponents

TODAY NICARAGUA – In an unprecedented persecution, the Daniel Ortega regime detained four presidential candidates in one week, a move that is part of...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.