Title

Evaluation of a Fuel Cell for Powering the Electrical Load of ICE Vehicles

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

5-21-2007

Publication Title

2007 International Conference on Clean Electrical Power, ICCEP '07

Publisher

IEEE

First page number:

74

Last page number:

77

Abstract

This paper describes the implementation and testing of a fuel cell system for powering the on-board electrical load of a pick-up truck that is being converted to a hydrogen-internal combustion engine. The fuel cell is assisted by a supercapacitor bank during engine starting which requires a much larger current. The sizing of the system components is determined from actual current demand of various loads. This new power source will replace the 12 Volt battery and alternator found in the conventional vehicle. Laboratory tests including supercapacitor charging, engine starting, and load switching are presented.

Keywords

Electric vehicles; Fuel cells; Hydrogen as fuel; Supercapacitors; Transients (Electricity)

Disciplines

Electrical and Electronics | Energy Systems | Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Power and Energy

Language

English

Permissions

Use Find in Your Library, contact the author, or interlibrary loan to garner a copy of the item. Publisher policy does not allow archiving the final published version. If a post-print (author's peer-reviewed manuscript) is allowed and available, or publisher policy changes, the item will be deposited.

Identifier

DOI: 10.1109/ICCEP.2007.384189; ISBN: 1-4244-0632-3

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