Current hybrid electric vehicle power trains comprise on-board energy generation, energy storage and traction drive, where the battery is used for energy storage is heavy or expensive or both and requires regular maintenance. Best practice is to use super-capacitors with batteries, reducing the deep charge-discharge cycle and battery size (hence weight and cost).
The Intellicon power train replaces batteries with a novel DC/DC converter (the Project deliverable) as an interface between the fuel cell and traction system and super-capacitors. Super-capacitors are light weight high power energy storage devices which have a operational life typical equal to that of the vehicle. The DC/DC converter will monitor fuel cell operational safety and reliability through intelligent control that will allow super-capacitor voltage to vary within acceptable limits as the traction system accelerates and decelerates, whilst maintaining a steady optimized power flow from the fuel cell without risk.
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