Hybrid Energy Lab-System

A Fuel Cell – Battery Hybrid System that enables users to understand & research individual components and system behavior under various hybrid set-ups. Designed as a lab to support engineering courses focussed on the application of fuel cells, battery technology, hybrid systems, energy management and energy storage. Critical to today’s engineering students is a deep understanding of the application of electrical chemical energy conversion & storage. Especially as it relates to fast growing markets of stationary, portable and mobile hybrid power systems.

Ideal for Courses Focused On

  • Battery Technology (Modeling)
  • Battery Systems & Control
  • Applied Fuel Cell Technology
  • Battery- Fuel Cell Hybrids
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage & Conversion
  • Renewable Energy Storage
  • Electrical & Hybrid Vehicles (HEV/FCEV)
  • Backup Power Systems
  • Micro-Grids & Smart Grids

Features

The system provides an experimental platform for advanced training to applied research:

  • Fuel Cell – Battery Hybrids
  •  Battery Charging/Discharging
  • Battery & Fuel Cell Model Analysis & Comparison
  • Calculation & Evaluation of Electrical Characteristics
  •  Energy Management
  • User Developed Control Algorithms
  • Validation of Models Against a Real System
  • Hybrid Power System Set-ups: UPS, Autonomous Power Supply, Back-up Power System, HEV/FCEV

Instruction and Experimentation Material

Extensive training material assists the teacher in creating a more interactive and specialized classroom experience. Prepared experiments and software-supported exercises simplify the use of the system.

Experimentation manual with:

  • Learning goals and content: Instructions for the execution of experiments & Topic-specific questions and sample answers
  • Evaluation templates
  • Detailed operating manual

Experiments including:

  • System design for special applications: Backup, Emergency power supply (UPS), Autonomous power supply,Boost, range extender
  • Examination of the operating behavior of: Battery module, Fuel cell module, DC converter
  • Determination of the efficiency and energy conversion
  • Examination of load step changes of up to 1.5 kW
  • Generation of characteristic curves

Software

Our LabVIEW™ based software allows users to control the hardware, system operation & set-up, gather & display data in various formats and perform data fitting for research and experimentation. Users can validate their models against a real system by using their control algorithms to set system parameters and then run real-time simulations. Acquired data can be exported to external applications such as MATLAB™ & MS Excel and many more.

NEW:

  • Battery Modeling & Data Fitting
  • Hybrid Energy Management
  • Application Programming Interface (API)

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Systemoverview

Control and Experimentation PC

  • System Overview
  • Real-Time Display & Data Measurements
  • Execution of experiments

System Overview Module

  • Display for system parameters and controlling

Electronic Load

  • Simulation of electrical loads
  • Operating modes:  CC, CV, CP, CR
  • Manual or software-supported control


Battery System Module

  • Selection of the battery capacity
  • Connecting external batteries possible

Power Electronics Module

  • Configuration of the battery charging regulation
  • Preparation of regulated DC or AC voltage
  • Inverters with power through circuit
  • Sensor system

Fuel Cell Module

  • Well established  Nexa 1200 W fuel cell
  • Unegulated DC Outpout
  • Hydrogen consumption measurement
  • Stack temperature monitoring


H2 Storage Module

  • Heliocentris Metal Hydride Canister
  • Storage temperature monitoring

Realistic Application of Hybrid Systems

Range Extender

  • Planning of system switching
  • Range calculation of the overall system


Autonomous Power Supply

  • System runs disconnected from the grid so it must be dimensioned to operate autonomously at all times
  • Starts from internal energy supply

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

  • The system design allows for the same configurations found in typical
  • Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicles (FCEV)

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

  • In UPS mode, the system provides continuous power in case of grid failure to ensure continuous power
  • Automatic switching between battery & fuel cell operation