Friday, June 19th, 2015

As a part of our “sister project” Green Methanol Infrastructure, the Danish petrol company OK is launching the first methanol fuel station in Europe together with Hamag, Serenergy and the Danish Energy Agency. In the MECc project, we will deliver a couple of reconfigured electric vehicles with methanol capabilities to be present at the event.

We hereby invite everyone with an interest in sustainable development of the transport sector to join this opening and demonstration of the new tank installation. The event will take place 26 August 2015 in Aalborg, Denmark. You can read more about how to register (which is free of charge but necessary to participate) for the event via the pdf below.

Check out the full invitation here

Monday, April 13th, 2015

The MECc concept has recently been tested for the first time and will be on show at the large international technology trade fair, Hannover Messe 2015, which kicks off today. Here, it will be on display integrated into a Fiat 500 configured with a battery pack and the methanol fuel cell range extender. It will be on show in combination with an example of the related methanol infrastructure, which is being developed and tested simultaneously in a “sister” project to MECc; Green Methanol Infrastructure (GMI). Project Manager, Jens Christian Lodberg Høj from Insero E-Mobility, provides the latest status on MECc:

- The Fiat 500 is the second vehicle equipped with the MECc system, and we have driven the first kilometres, which has shown that the system is working. Currently, we are removing bugs and testing all aspects of the system in order to have the prototype ready for fully functional testing by a professional user in the autumn of 2015.

You can meet representatives from MECc partner SerEnergy all week during the Hannover Messe, where they will be present at stand E71 in hall 27.

Check out the full press release about MECc and GMI at Hannover Messe 2015 here

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

According to the official website of the Chinese city of Guiyang, China, the Geely Group is set to invest an impressive 5.6 billion yuan (approximately 730 million Euro) to build a comprehensive vehicle manufacturing workshop with a production capacity of 100,000 vehicles annually, as well as an administration center and supportive living area in the Chinese city. Here, the focus will be on sustainable methanol-fueled automobiles, which Geely believes very much in.

The Geely Group is a Chinese automotive manufacturing company and its main products are automobiles, bikes, engines and transmissions. Since 2010, Geely is also the owner of Volvo Cars.

You can read the full article here

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

The Danish companies OK, MECc-partner Serenergy and Hamag A/S are collaborating about testing a methanol infrastructure for EVs with fuel cell technology. The project, Green Methanol Infrastructure (GMI), sets about to take on a couple of the central challenges for the mass market uptake of EVs – the range and the charging time.

The project can be viewed as a sibling to the MECc project, as the GMI project aims to demonstrate the infrastructure needed for MECc to be put into use in real life. This infrastructure has great potential – not least due to the ability to reuse an existing and very well-developed distribution network:

”Methanol can be transported in the same tank trucks and can also be refuelled in the same way as gasoline and diesel. Thus, methanol is much easier to handle than e.g. hydrogen, which must be kept under high pressure” says the CEO of the energy company OK, Jørgen Wisborg, simultaneously making it clear that OK is looking broadly at the market for energy resources and does not want to pick one winner, but is mainly focusing on the reuse/rethinking of the existing infrastructure.

Hamag A/S contributes to the infrastructure project with expertise surrounding the actual physical system, in which relation the initial plan is to rebuild three existing OK refuelling systems to be methanol ready with the aim of making it possible to get better insights into eventual challenges in relation to the whole concept. About the actual refueling process, director Bent Møller says that the customers will not experience any difference:

”A methanol refuelling station is managed exactly the same way as a traditional system, where one drives up to the pump and plugs it into the closed circuit and refuels”.

You can read the full article from Jyllands-Posten right here (Note: in Danish)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

According to a recently published report made by the consultany agency Damvad for the Danish Energy Agency, biofuels is the way forward in the switch towards a greener transport sector in Denmark.

The report compares biofuels with hydrogen and pure electric transport and concludes that, based on the respective areas’ positions of strength within business and research as well as their business potential, biofuels ought to be the main focus going forward, as the biofuels industry is deemed to have the largest market potential.

Although there is still a natural degree of uncertainty, everything is pointing towards a large global market for biofuels, says the Damvad report.

You can find the full report here (Note: in Danish)

Monday, May 13th, 2013

FuelCellToday is one of the world’s leading authorities on Fuel Cell technologies, and at the recent Hannover Messe they met up with Serenergy in order to make and present an analyst view on methanol as a fuel. Below, you can read what came of this.

FuelCellToday: Methanol – Clean Fuel for the Future?

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Not only were 1.000 brochures about the project picked up, but what was more interesting was the fact that the MECc stand was visited by many OEMs within the auto industry. In general, they showed a great interest in the hybrid technology used in the MECc project. As did many smaller driveline producers, just as an EU commissioner expressed excitement about the vision of using methanol. So, the appearance created both attention and numerous potential business contacts for the involved companies, not least in regards to the technologies of ECOmove and Serenergy.

If you were one of the visitors stopping by our stand, we thank you for your interest!

Below, you can watch a video of Serenergy’s presentation given at the fair:

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

The MECc project will be prominently represented at the 2013 edition of the Hannover Messe taking place from April 8-12. The German trade fair is widely known to be the worldwide technology show and a powerful driver of investment in new technology and automation. Combining 11 leading trade fairs at one venue, the Hannover Messe has got it all when it comes to the latest technologies within each of the 11 topical areas.

And the MECc project will be right in the midst of things having been prominently placed at a central demonstration area close to the entry point of the ‘Energy’ trade fair in hall 27. So, if you are going to Hannover anyways make sure to come by our stand and have a talk!

In other news, we have just had this rendering made in order to visualize the MECc.

Serenergy fuel cell modules being inserted in the QBEAK energy slots next to regular battery modules

Thursday, December 06th, 2012

MECc project participant ECOmove is now ready with the third prototype of its electric vehicle QBEAK, thus taking a step closer towards the realisation of a lightweight concept for the EV industry. QBEAK III demonstrates a series of ground-breaking lightweight technologies, which, in addition to reducing the weight of the car, increases its range and makes it more affordable to drive an EV.

ECOmove took the first steps towards developing a lightweight electric vehicle in 2009. Now, QBEAK III is being introduced, and even though it is still a prototype, the car is very close to the end result:

“The new QBEAK is a much more finished version than number two. For example, the car now has charging structure and instrumentation, and its technologies are so far advanced that we are ready to mature them for production”, says Mogens Løkke, CEO at ECOmove.

The QBEAK will form the basis of the MECc and you can read alot more about the QBEAK III below.

Read the full press release about QBEAK III here

Thursday, November 01st, 2012

Just a quick update to let everyone interested know that the market analysis part of the MECc project is well underway. A lot of markets have been looked into since the project kick-off in September and the signs are very interesting. Be sure to check back once in a while for the latest developments.