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Fuel cell application in a new configured aircraft

Objective

For the next aircraft generation the pneumatic and hydraulic systems will be replaced step-by-step by electrical systems. The goal for the future is to find a highly efficient primary electric power source. Fuel cell systems have the potential to be a highly efficient system with a significantly reduction of fuel consumption and noise and gaseous emissions. As a drop in possibility the fuel cell application as emergency power supply will be investigated. A feasibility study will be carried out to clarify in which operational scenarios like stand by, continuously running or power storage the fuel cell system is able to work. The technical focus of the project is therefore the investigation of the technical capabilities of an existing fuel cell system under special aircraft operation conditions and the identification of the needs for an airworthy design. Investigations of the behaviour and limiting conditions of the fuel cell system in terms of different system parameters such as performance output, thermal management, mass flow, cooling and air supply will be carried out. For these investigations dynamic simulation models of a fuel cell stack and a kerosene reformer will be used and verified by tests as far as possible. The scientific approach is the investigation of the operational behaviour of the complete fuel cell system including kerosene reformer, fuel cell stack, air supply and all subsystems based on simulation models in terms of aircraft environment operational conditions, aircraft load conditions, thermal management, mass flow, performance, air supply and cooling. A study works out the differences between the current fuel cell systems and an airworthy design and describes the technical steps, which have to be done to develop an airworthy fuel cell power system. Another main focus is the development of all relevant safety and certification requirements for the fuel cell system.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-AERO-1
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Funding Scheme

STIP - Specific Targeted Innovation Project

Coordinator

AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
Address
Kreetslag 10
950109 Hamburg
Germany

Participants (18)

AIRBUS FRANCE S.A.S.
France
Address
316 Route De Bayonne
Toulouse
AIR LIQUIDE
France
Address
2 Rue De Clemenciere
BP15 Sassenage
DASSAULT AVIATION
France
Address
9, Rond-point Des Champ-elysées-marcel Dassault
Paris
DIEHL AEROSPACE GMBH
Germany
Address
Alete Nussdorfer Strasse 23
101262 Ueberlingen
EADS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Address
Willy-messerschmitt Strasse
Munich
ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE NETHERLANDS
Netherlands
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1 Petten
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT E. V.
Germany
Address
Linder Hoehe
Koeln
GERMANISCHER LLOYD AG
Germany
Address
Vorsetzen 32-35
Hamburg
IRD FUEL CELLS A/S
Denmark
Address
Kullinggade 31
Svendborg
JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
Brussels
JOZEF STEFAN INSTITUTE
Slovenia
Address
Jamova 39
3000 Ljubljana
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE
France
Address
6 Allée Emile Monso
BP 34038 Toulouse
THALES AVIONICS ELETRICAL SYSTEMS SA
France
Address
41, Boulevard De La Republique
Chatou
HOCHSCHULE FUER ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN HAMBURG
Germany
Address
Berliner Tor 21
Hamburg
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER
Germany
Address
Welfengarten 1
Hannover
UNIVERSITY OF PATRAS
Greece
Address
University Campus
Patras
DIEHL AVIONIK SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
Address
Alete Nussdorfer Strasse 23
101262 Ueberlingen
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY BELFORT MONTBÉLIARD
France
Address
Rue Thierry Mieg, Bâtiment F
Belfort