Presentation from 2017. Ambitions have become slightly more modest since.
The ambition of Fast to develop a bus range-extender finally failed as too ambitious. Despite support from a local bus producer VDL, the hydrozine installation was considered too frail to be attached behind a bus, vibrations and all. Energetically/chemically it could have worked, it was the mechanical engineering that the limited the enterprise. The ambitions have been lowered towards developing stationary solutions like generators. Yet the intention remains alive to someday apply a more mature hydrozine technology to automotive.
[wikipedia.org] – Formic Acid (“Hydrozine”).
[deepresource] – Formic Acid
Team Fast meanwhile morphed into a startup DENS (Dutch Energy Solutions) and found a new home at the Automotive Campus in Helmond, where they are working on standalone generators for festivals, building sites and the like. Apparently the principle was interesting enough to attract 500,000 euro risk money.
[ed.nl] – ‘Mierenzuurmotor’ uit Helmond krijgt flinke injectie
[automotivecampus.com] – Studententeam ‘Team Fast’ wordt startup DENS
[dens.one] – Startup site
At least this small prototype did work on a formic acid fuel cell:
Energy density formic acid: 6.4 MJ/liter (1.78 kWh/liter) of 5.3 MH/kg (1.47 kWh/kg)
[pure.tue.nl] – Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation to Formic Acid using Supported Gold Nanoparticles