Enova Systems Selected for USAF Fuel Cell Bus

July 29, 2003 by Jeff Shepard

Enova Systems Inc. (Torrance, CA), a developer and manufacturer of mobile and stationary electric, hybrid and fuel cell digital power management systems, announced that the State of Hawaii's High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) awarded Enova a contract valued at over $600,000, including earlier engineering efforts, to develop new technologies for heavy-duty, mobile, fuel cell applications and lead the integration of these and other technologies into a fuel-cell-powered, 30ft, hybrid bus to be stationed at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii.

As part of the new program, Enova will develop several new components including a dual 8kW inverter, a 380V dc/dc converter, additional software development for Enova's successful Hybrid Control Unit, and a Mobile Fuel Cell Generator that incorporates a Hydrogenics Corp.'s 20kW fuel cell stack.

Enova CEO and President Carl Perry stated, "We are very pleased and excited to be selected by the US Air Force (USAF) and HTDC to be the team leader in developing this fuel cell bus in Hawaii. This newest program emphasizes the State of Hawaii's continued recognition of Enova as a world-class leader in advanced hybrid and fuel cell technologies. Enova's expertise in the burgeoning field of fuel-cell-hybrid-powered vehicles is versatile enough to utilize a variety of fuel cell systems from many different manufacturers."