The ECN fuel cell related R&D program on fuel cells is linked to the stationary market and the automotive market. This paper will summarize our R&D activities for the automotive market.
The role of fuels cells in two transport application area’s will be described: the development of dedicated hydrogen based platforms in combination with advanced electricity storage for special logistic applications and the APU market for passenger cars and trucks, as well as for ships and airplanes. The associated aspects of hydrogen transport and storage, as well as the reforming of logistic fuels and bio-fuels to hydrogen will be described with some illustrative examples.
These examples show that an integrated approach using applied catalysis, chemical reactor design and engineering, process simulation, control modelling and electrical engineering is required to address all aspects of the development of fuel cell technology for automotive applications.
The paper concludes with a summary of the important environmental and economic drivers that influence the fuel cell market application.
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