The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Wed Nov 29, 2017
MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. — WATT Fuel Cell Corporation announced it is working with the innovation team from Erwin Hymer Group North America to test the Imperium Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) power management system on board a recreational vehicle. The first Imperium system was installed in an Erwin Hymer E-Trek autonomous vehicle and was showcased at the RVIA National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky Nov. 27 to 30, 2017.
The announcement says the Imperium system is easily integrated onboard RVs and boats. Imperium creates power from readily-available and easily-accessible fuels and renewable energy sources. The Imperium SOFC system installed on the Erwin Hymer RV utilizes the hybrid-power manager to optimize fuel cell and solar capabilities while maximizing energy storage. The system creates power efficiently and quietly from propane and solar energy, and provides clean power on demand with no engine noise or harmful exhaust. Imperium will allow RV enthusiasts to automatically create, access and manage power for all of their on-board appliances and devices, according to the announcement.
The announcement says Erwin Hymer is a recreational-vehicle industry leader and has been the first to bring many leading innovative products to the RV market: the Erwin Hymer innovation team is always looking to stay current with the most advanced technologies and to stay on the cutting-edge of new technology.
Caine Finnerty, president and CEO of WATT Fuel Cell, says, "Working with companies like Erwin Hymer Group North America will validate WATT's SOFC technology and help us demonstrate the products that will set new standards for cost and performance in the fuel cell industry. We are excited to be working with EHGNA (Erwin Hymer), a leading innovator in their own right."
Joel Adams, director of engineering for Erwin Hymer, says "It's important for us to research and test new technologies in our RVs to see all of the options we can make available in our models. This is why it makes sense for us to be the first in our industry to work with WATT's state-of-the-art product."
This test, and others like it, according to the announcement, will accelerate WATT's evolution from product development to commercialization of fuel cell systems – continuing the company's commercial momentum in remote and recreational, micro grid, and small distributed generation power markets.