An innovative 100kW automotive fuel cell architecture from Intelligent Energy, the energy technology group, has been developed to provide vehicle manufacturers with a new high performance option for their next generation of hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs).
The architecture has been developed in response to increasing market demand for next generation, high power automotive fuel cell solutions and is the result of extensive research, engineering, cost reduction and test activities undertaken by Intelligent Energy’s Motive division. The system builds upon the company’s successes in developing advanced zero emission solutions both independently and with its world-class automotive customers.
Designed to deliver primary motive power within an advanced electric driveline, the 100kW fuel cell architecture and core technology will be available to vehicle manufacturers through technology licensing programmes and joint development agreements.
The 100kW platform takes full advantage of Intelligent Energy’s superior stack technology, which offers world leadership in power density while being engineered for low cost, high volume series production.
The key enabler for these high-power densities is the company’s proprietary, evaporatively-cooled (EC) technology. Compared to conventional liquid-cooled fuel cell stacks, the EC design removes the need for individual cooling channels between each cell. This delivers a considerable advantage in terms of stack mass and volume, and helps contribute to Intelligent Energy’s leadership in stack power density which translates into in-vehicle packaging and weight advantages.
With 25 years of experience in the development and delivery of high power density, scalable fuel cell systems, Intelligent Energy already has non-exclusive, collaborative commercial relationships in place with a number of global vehicle manufacturers.
James Batchelor, Managing Director of Intelligent Energy’s Motive division, said: “Our capability and proven technology provides a cost-effective opportunity for any vehicle manufacturer without a presence in this fuel cell power-band to jump ahead of its competitors. Our 100kW platform provides automotive OEMs with a fast-track route to our next generation evaporatively-cooled stack technology, integrated into a compact system architecture.”