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Fuel cell powered electric vehicle for efficiency and range


JOU-301 Objective: Fuel cell driven vehicles are expected to have efficiencies which are 2 to 3 times higher than petrol or Diesel engine driven vehicles. As for fuel two options exist: hydrogen and methanol. This project aims at the development and construction of a small fuel cell driven passenger car which is driven by a 30 kW fuel cell and uses hydrogen as a fuel.


JOU-301 Brief description of the research project:
The proposed project FEVER aims at:
1 The design and realisation of an hydrogen-air solid polymer fuel cell with a high energy efficiency for automotive traction.
2 The design and realisation of a fuel cell driven electric passenger car which has a high energy efficiency, which is environmentally friendly and is able to cover a range of typically 500 km without a recharge of hydrogen. Topics which will be addressed are: the integration of components, optimization of the complete system and safety.

Particular attention will be paid to:
- Cost reduction of the polymer fuel cell as compared to the present cost quotation by suppliers;
- Study of the feasability of an air enrichment device which would reduce the need of electricity for the air compressor;
- Reduction of the size of the fuel cell power module and make it suitable for integration in a passenger car fuelled by liquid hydrogen. The size of the fuel cell module will be 30 kw, allowing a top speed of 120 km/h and a range of 500 km at 100 km/h for the passenger car. The module of 30 kW will in future serve as a basic module for applications in buses and light trucks (eg. 3x30 kW).

Participants from France (Renault), Italy (Ansaldo and DeNora) and Sweden (Volvo) are involved in this project.

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