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Propulsion Systems


Fuel cells (FC) are subject to constant aging (degradation), which leads to a loss of performance and efficiency and ultimately determines the service life. Dynamic operation and air pollutants are particularly challenging in vehicles. This in-house research project is dedicated to the influence of pollutants on the cell. It is a joint project with HyCentA Research GmbH.

The rising demand for increasing efficiency in the commercial vehicle sector is stronger than ever before, not least because of future CO2 standards, where the European Commission claims a reduction of 30 % by 2030. In order to meet such requirements, new technologies are necessary to reduce fuel consumption.

On the occasion of the company's 100th anniversary, a vehicle of the English sports car manufacturer Aston martin was converted for bivalent operation with gasoline and hydrogen. The aim was to use this vehicle in a 24-hour race, to demonstrate the suitability of the concept under extreme conditions and thus to complete as many laps without CO2 emissions as possible.

As part of the FFG-funded research activities presented here, different operating strategies for a parallel hybrid drive concept for non-road applications under customer-relevant application profiles were developed and investigated. The evaluation was carried out with regard to reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and emissions in order to comply with the current legal framework.

The engine process with extended expansion promises high efficiencies. In a joint research project of the FVT and the BMW AG, the topic for the application to the passenger car gasoline engine was examined.