Thursday, 1 October 2020

Hydrogen Powered Bus Started Operating in Liberia

The first hydrogen powered bus began rolling in Guanacaste, in the area of Liberia, on Monday. For now rides on the bus are free

The first hydrogen fuel cell electric bus in Central America went into operation on Monday, November 27, on the Ad Astra Rocket Company campus, located in Liberia, Guanacaste.

The first hydrogen powered bus began rolling in Guanacaste, in the area of Liberia, on Monday. For now rides on the bus are free

This means of transport is part of the project of Hydrogen Ecosystems promoted by the company of former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz.

The bus is in the experimental stage. As explained in Ad Astra Rocket, the vehicle can travel 340 kilometers (210 miles) on 38 kg (83 lbs) of compressed hydrogen, has a capacity of about 35 passengers and can reach a speed limit of up to 110 km/h (68 mph).

- paying the bills -

Though it was announced that the bus was already operating in the streets of Guanacaste, the defined routes are not yet available. For the time being, the bus will circulate in the area of Liberia and is free for users.

“The hydrogen vehicle produces electricity by consuming hydrogen that it carries in the tank in a ‘fuel cell’. This cell mixes hydrogen with oxygen from the air and produces electricity that feeds the electric motor, which moves the vehicle,” said Chang in previous occasions.

The Costa Rican scientist added that this is only an example of what can be done in the country with this means of transport, because this technology is applicable in vans, buses, cars and even with airplanes.

The inaugural tour of the Nyuti bus was held at the Ad Astra Rocket facilities in Liberia, Guanacaste, on Monday. Photo: Rebeca Álvarez.

- paying the bills -

According to Costa Rica president, Luis Guillermo Solis, who took part in the inaugural ceremony on Monday, this is an important step taken by the country to be consistent with the country’s goal of carbon neutrality. “In Latin America, there are only three countries where this type of technology is used: Brazil, Argentina and now in Costa Rica with this first bus,” he said.

Nicknamed the “Nyuti“, the bus arrived in July from the US Hybrid Corporation’s test facility in the U.S.

“Today is a historic day in Costa Rica with the first bus to use hydrogen in its engine, 100 percent renewable and with technology that has been developed in Guanacaste (region) by Franklin Chang’s team, in collaboration with the private sector and the government. This is an occasion when Costa Rica affirms its will to move towards zero carbon emissions,” Ad Astra Rocket Engineer, Juan Ignacio Del Valle said.

The project began in 2012 in a joint venture between Ad Astra and State refinery, Refinadora Costarricense de Petroleo (RECOPE), with the aim for the country to reduce its dependence on imported oil.

The project is a private-public collaborative effort by Ad Astra Rocket Company Costa Rica, Air Liquide, Cummins Inc, Sistema de Banca para el Desarollo, Relaxury S.A., and US Hybrid Corporation.

 

- paying the bills --

Rico
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Hard Rock Café closes in Guanacaste

(QCOSTARICA) The Hard Rock Café located in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste,...

“Old normality”: Ruta 27 reported long lines as vacations headed for the beaches

(QCOSTARICA) Thousands sought to take advantage of the long weekend so...

MOST READ

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 1,370 new cases and 21 deaths for Sept 23

(QCOSTARICA) For Wednesday, September 23, the Ministry of Health reported 1,370 new cases of COVID-19, of which 228 are by epidemiological link and 1,142...

Allison Bonilla case: Garments found in clandestine dump

(QCOSTARICA) Allison Bonilla's family acknowledged that several items found in a clandestine dump in San Jerónimo de Cachí, in Paraíso, Cartago, belong to the...

Government’s scare tactic!?!!

The government tries to scare with a "campaign of fear" to press for agreement with IMF.

Costa Rica opens air borders to tourists from Mexico and Jamaica; Ohio added to U.S. list

(QCOSTARICA) Starting October 1, citizens and residents of Mexico, Jamaica and the U.S. state of Ohio are authorized to visit Costa Rica, announced the...

COVID -19 “R” rate: Each positive case still produces only one new contagion

(QCOSTARICA) The reproduction or "R" rate of COVID-19 in the country currently shows a downward trend, reaching close to 1, according to data from...

A day of “National Protest”

QCOSTARICA - Wednesday, September 30, was a day of national protest in Costa Rica. People took to the streets in many parts of the...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Costa Rica and Latin America.

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.