Electronic integration of fuel cell and battery system in novel hybrid vehicle

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Authors

External organisations

  • Microcab Industries Ltd

Abstract

The objective of this work was to integrate a lithium ion battery pack, together with its management system, into a hydrogen fuel cell drive train contained in a lightweight city car. Electronic units were designed to link the drive train components using conventional circuitry. These were built, tested and shown to perform according to the design. These circuits allowed start-up of battery management system, motor controller, fuel cell warm-up and torque monitoring. After assembling the fuel cell and battery in the vehicle, full system tests were performed. Analysis of results from vehicle demonstrations showed operation was satisfactory. The conclusion was that the electronic integration was successful, but the design needed optimisation and fine tuning. Eight vehicles were then fitted with the electronically integrated fuel cell-battery power pack. Trials were then started to test the integration more fully, with a duration of 12 months from 2011 to 2012 in the CABLED project.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)114-121
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Volume220
Early online date4 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Electronic integration, Fuel cell battery hybrid vehicle, High temperature PEMFC, CABLED, Microcab H2EV, Urban vehicle