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Intelligent DC/DC converter for fuel cell road vehicles

Objective

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.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SME-1
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Funding Scheme

Cooperative - SMEs-Co-operative research contracts

Coordinator

HILTECH DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED
Address
20-22 Bedford Row
London
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

SLOAN ELECTRONICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
241 Kells Lane, Low Fell
Gateshead
IRD FUEL CELLS A/S
Denmark
Address
Kullinggade 31
Svendborg
TRANS-ELECTRIC BV
Netherlands
Address
Van Coothstratt 15
Bostel
RANSOMES JACBSEN LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Central Avenue, Ransomes Europark
Ipswitch
MAXWELL TECHNOLOGIES SA
Switzerland
Address
Route De Montena 85
Rossens
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL.
Belgium
Address
Pleinlaan 2
Brussel
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
Address
Oxford Road
Manchester