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Giantleap Improves Automation of Non-polluting Transportation with Lifetime Extension of Automotive PEM fuel cells

Objective

Fuel-Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs) have been deployed in multiple demonstrations in Europe, Canada and the USA, but they still suffer from high costs and low availability.
Oddly enough, the low availability has almost always been due to control issues and hybridisation strategies rather than problems in the fuel cells themselves.

Giantleap aims to increase the availability and reduce the total cost of ownership of FCEBs by increasing the lifetime and reliability of the fuel cell system; this will be achieved with advanced online diagnostics of the fuel cells and the balance-of-plant components of the system, coupled with prognostics methods to calculate the system's residual useful life, and advanced control algorithms able to exploit this information to maximise the system's life.
The same control system will also be engineered for robustness, in order to increase availability to the level of diesel buses or better.

Giantleap will improve the understanding of degradation in fuel-cell systems with extensive experimentation and analysis; diagnostic and prognostic methods will focus on exploitation of current sensors to make the novel control approach cost-effective.
Giantleap includes the demonstration of a prototype in relevant environment, allowing the project to reach technology readiness level 6.

The prototype will be a trailer-mounted fuel-cell based range extender meant for battery city buses. The ability to swap out the range extender in case of malfunctions greatly increases the availability of the bus, while the large battery capacity allows the bus to complete its route should malfunctions occur during usage.
Furthermore, the large battery capacity will give the control system ample opportunity to optimise fuel-cell usage via hybridisation management strategies.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
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Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 375 600

Participants (7)

SVEUCILISTE U SPLITU, FAKULTET ELEKTROTEHNIKE, STROJARSTVA I BRODOGRADNJE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 296 250
Address
Ulica Rudjera Boskovica 32
21000 Split
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE
France
EU contribution
€ 378 062,50
Address
1 Rue Claude Goudimel
25000 Besancon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BOSCH ENGINEERING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 821 400
Address
Robert-bosch-allee 1
74232 Abstatt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ELRINGKLINGER AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 668 225
Address
Max Eyth Strasse 2
72581 Dettingen An Der Erms
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VDL BUS & COACH BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
De Vest 7
5555 XP Valkenswaard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VDL ENABLING TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 481 125
Address
De Vest 11
5555 XL Valkenswaard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Participation ended

Norway
EU contribution
€ 239 635
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Activity type
Research Organisations