New Jersey Genesis Project
The New Jersey Genesis was the follow-up to the highly successful New Jersey Venturer hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Mike Strizki and various partners worked to develop the Genesis to run off of a unique blend of water and sodium borohydride to produce hydrogen gas onboard the vehicle.
The project incorporated technological developments by Millennium Cell of Eatontown, New Jersey with additional grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Sodium borohydride is a derivative of sodium borate (borax), a safe, non-toxic, non-flammable, solid powder that works as a concentrated carrier for hydrogen. The clear solution of borohydride in water was stored in the Genesis vehicle's fuel tank. Millennium Cell's hydrogen generator was to produce only enough hydrogen from the fuel to power the vehicle's fuel cell. The fuel was expected to produce enough energy to power the 5-passenger vehicle over a 450-mile, producing only one emission... pure water.
However, the sodium borohydride system never fully integrated with the vehicle in the allotted project time, so a standard hydrogen tank was installed similar to the New Jersey Venturer. Nonetheless, the New Jersey Genesis broke the distance record for a zero-emission vehicle, traveling over 400 miles on a single refueling!
For more information, download the Rutgers University Report here.
Tower Automotive (lightweight subframe)
Ford Motor Company (custom built sable, usage of 2 pickup trucks)
Alcan (bi-metal rotors)
Speedline Wheels (lightweight wheels)
Millennium Cell (Hydrogen Generator, parts and services)
KPMC Machinery (suspension parts)
Ditschman Ford (parts)
Continental Cargo (trailer)
MG Gases (hydrogen support truck, hydrogen delivery system)
Gore (Fuel Cell Membrane)
H Power (parts and services)
Bell Atlantic Solectria (services)
Glacier Bay (air-conditioner)
IBM (2 Laptops)
Car Parts (parts and services)
Alpine (GPS system)
Goodyear (Prototype Tires)
Lear Corporation (Lightweight Seats)
Normans Auto Glass (Lightweight Glass)
Recon Industrial Controls Corporation
Miller Welding (Welding Equipment)
Motorola (radios for tour)
SGL Carbon Corporation (fuel cell plates)