Multi-company joint development of fuel cell driven composite remote control model car

This remote-controlled model car (RC-Car) is a zero-emission model car with a fuel cell, lightweight gas cylinder and fiber composite body. The car’s components are supplied by Tamiya-Carson Modellbau and Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies.

The car’s carbon fiber cylinders were produced by the Institute of Textile Technology (ITA) of the Aachen University of Technology through a new winding technology using equipment from Murata. The composite cylinders feature multifilament technology for higher throughput than conventional wet winding. This cylinder can withstand high pressures (such as 700bar), which can significantly reduce weight compared to ordinary batteries. Composite cylinders allow vehicles to achieve zero emissions and long-distance travel, for hydrogen energy, and to help promote energy balance and sustainability.

The goal of composite gas cylinders is to apply in the transportation sector. In the automotive sector, composite cylinders provide the basis for a lightweight driving concept. Because they can replenish energy faster than ordinary batteries, they also have greater potential in terms of weight reduction. In addition, in the field of aviation, this new winding technology is a faster production process that can replace the wet winding for cylinder production.