Fuel Cell Stack
The 1 W 5-cell air-breathing fuel cell stack uses hydrogen and oxygen to generate electrical energy. The number of cells can be varied to experiment with different levels of output.
Gas Storage (2 pieces)
The two 30 cm3 hydrogen storage canisters serve as a vehicle ‘gas tank’ and are being fueled using the hydrogen produced by the H2 filling station. The water absorber prevents the fuel cell from being flooded with distilled water.
The fan increases the inflow of ambient oxygen into the fuel cell stack helping to regulate or boost its performance.
Allows for the hybridization of the system using recuperated energy to power the vehicle by the capacitor only or in parallel with the fuel cell.
Hydrogen Filling Station
The H2 filling station consists of a 4 V doublemembrane electrolyzer that utilizes electricity to decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen. The produced hydrogen is being stored inside the 80 cm3 hydrogen canister and is being used to fuel the electric vehicle.
Test Bench Controller
The test bench emulates the road (i.e. rolling resistance), allowing for the simulation of typical load profiles and individual drive cycles (e.g. inner city stop-and-go vs. highway).
Energy Management Board
This central control unit allows for wireless Bluetooth activated system navigation (e.g. for regulating the vehicle velocity, the electrolyzer, or the supercapacitor recuperation ratio) as well as data measurement and acquisition (e.g. individual cell voltages).