Roland Gumpert celebrates with 70 Quattro fans
Car enthusiasts with a penchant for Audi’s sporty Quattro powertrain recently experienced an exciting event: the first Gumpert Classic Rally on the majestic Großglockner in Austria. Amidst this impressive backdrop, 70 enthusiastic car fans gathered to celebrate Quattro inventor Roland Gumpert and the sporty rally cars with the four rings.
Roland Gumpert, the CEO of Gumpert Automobile GmbH, passionately advocates for the adoption of green methanol as the fuel of the future. The company is developing the groundbreaking ‘Gumpert Power Cell,’ a methanol fuel cell that can be applied across various modes of transport. However, the primary focus is on trucks, given the urgent need for a sustainable solution in the transport and logistics industry.
The methanol fuel cell is a promising technology that enables an efficient and environmentally friendly energy supply. By using green methanol as an energy source, the technology is CO2 neutral from a well-to-wheel perspective and is also quick and easy to refuel.
In his presentation in Giessen, Gumpert emphasized the importance of technology openness for sustainable development. Only if different technologies can be openly tried out and compared can the most promising approaches be found and further developed. Particularly in the area of sustainable energy supply, technological openness is crucial for driving forward the energy transition and achieving climate targets.
Gumpert’s presentation was met with great interest from the audience and offered an exciting perspective on the potential of sustainable technologies. It remains to be seen how the methanol fuel cell will develop in the future and what contribution it can make to sustainable energy supply.
Image source photo: StMWi/Elke Neureuther
Minister Aiwanger visits green drive concept
The vehicle fills up with green methanol at a conventional filling station, which is then converted onboard to hydrogen for direct power generation. Minister Hubert Aiwanger now also got a personal impression of the project.
Climate-neutral fuels for heavy-duty transport.
MeFuSION research alliance paves the way for innovative production of green methanol and its sustainable use as a fuel.
MeFuSION stands for Methanol Fuel-Cell Supplychain Investigation. The MeFuSION alliance sees the potential to substitute the existing internal combustion engine fleets in long-distance freight transport (trucks, shipping) with regenerative-powered methanol fleets, thereby bringing about a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. The associated CO2 savings potential in Germany alone is immense and would thus make a significant sectoral contribution to achieving the national climate targets.
Progress races like a snail in this German way. And yet Roland Gumpert is so impatient! For him, the advantages of fuel cell propulsion are so obvious that he has no doubts at all: “This is the future, and not just on the road.” Fuel cells could heat homes, make hot water and generate electricity on the side. The beauty of it, he says, is that carbon dioxide is needed to produce the necessary methanol. “What we currently think of as waste turns into a feedstock that we use to make green methanol.” Gumpert calculated what the consequences of a worldwide conversion would be: “If methanol were temporarily stored in all petroleum reservoirs, the whole world would suddenly be carbon dioxide negative.” It will be a long way from “Nathalie” to that point. Too much resistance, too little courage for really new technological solutions in the fight against the climate crisis, says Roland Gumpert, who is nevertheless an optimist. “In history, it has always been the case that the better solution has prevailed in the end.”
Congress of Graz
Roland Gumpert is moving forward with his visionary development. He is consistently pursuing the goal of bringing his Gumpert Power Cell to market. And he is confident that his technology will revolutionize the market. That’s because he is on track to bring his methanol fuel cell to production readiness – range, emission-free driving, resource conservation and constant charging of the buffer battery while driving, to name just a few of the advantages of his groundbreaking development. And he brings this with conviction to the interested audience at the Graz congress. The need is great – and so are the potential applications for this new technology.