PEM Fuel Cell

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Fuel Cell Solutions for Engineering and Testing

With increasingly stringent global emissions legislation and market demands, technology is providing a range of choices for the low emission powertrain of the future. Fuel cells are one such option, generating electricity from hydrogen fuels efficiently and without emissions.

They are ideal for a range of applications such as cost-competitive solutions for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) with ranges of more than 600km, range extenders in hybrid or battery-electric vehicles, portable generators and stationary, decentralized power generation. AVL has more than fifteen years of experience in the development, simulation, and testing of these flexible, affordable and clean technologies. In the industry, we are recognized as established problems solvers that find innovative solutions to overcome the challenges associated with these new power sources.

As an industry leader, AVL evaluates and answers environmental questions such as:

  • What will a zero-emission e-mobility future, which meets customer expectations of refill time, range and comfort look like?
  • How can the hydrogen fuels used in fuel cells be created from renewable sources?
  • In what ways does this technology reduce the CO2 and emission footprint of conventional power generators such as engines or turbines?

Other questions relate to the operation and optimization of fuel cells with only minimal instrumentation effort and within existing fuel infrastructures:

  • Can conventional fuels be used in fuel cell applications?
  • Can power generators be low-noise, low-vibration and with no thermal signature?
  • How are fuel cells designed and validated before going to market?

Fuel cell technologies come in a range of varieties, and we develop Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) systems. The preferred fuel for PEMFC systems is hydrogen, which currently makes it the technology of choice for the automotive industry. SOFC systems can use nearly all conventional fossil fuels or future biofuels, such as GTL (gas-to-liquid), BTL (biomass-to-liquid) and bio-methane. For e-mobility they are ideal for range extender and APU (auxiliary power unit) applications.

Our experience has enabled us to develop PEMFC systems with high power densities and improved efficiency. This is achieved using optimized components and system control strategies. Marrying the unique performance with the compact size of our SOFC APU technology results in a flexible offering for a wide range of applications. The key benefit of the Compressed Heat Power (CHP) solution is low total cost-of-ownership, maintenance and service.

Our strong IPR portfolio supports the industrialization of these technologies. Backed up by our global network of experts and facilities, it makes us one of the market-leading partners for customers looking to take advantage of these exciting power sources.