New Low-Pressure Hydrogen Fuel Cell System for Buses and Trucks
Canada’s Hydrogenics has unveiled 60-kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell system, dubbed “Celerity,” it says will help accelerate the commercialization of zero emission vehicles by reducing the time and cost needed to integrate fuel cells into a medium or heavy duty vehicle’s drivetrain. updated October 21
“With Celerity, Hydrogenics can offer previously-unavailable installation options that directly reduce the cost of vehicle ownership,” the company says. It’s said to be the first off-the-shelf, bundled fuel cell drive system on the market, designed to dramatically reduce the engineering needed to integrate fuel cell power with a factory driveline.
Celerity is based on Hydrogenics’ existing HyPM HD series of low-pressure, non-humidified fuel cell stacks. HyPM HD “negates the need for air compressors,” CTO Joe Cargnelli says in the Celerity announcement, “and our patented HD ‘dry-dry’ technology means our systems operate with non-humidified air and hydrogen.
‘Breakthroughs in Value and Reliability’
“Using a design approach that would have been technically and economically unfeasible with pressurized stacks, we have achieved breakthroughs in value and reliability,” Cargnelli said. “We believe that progressive fleet operators with GHG reduction commitments will urge OEM suppliers to put Celerity to the test.”
Celerity features “an all-in design including optimal voltage and form factor configurations for swift integration into medium and heavy duty buses and trucks without the need for voltage conversion packages,” Hydrogenics says.
“We design and build with a client-facinmg mindset,” explains Hydrogenics’ Rob Del Core, business development director for fuel cell power systems. The result? “A fuel cell power system that is easy for the OEMs and integrators to install into a bus or truck, easy to service and easy to maintain.”
‘CelerityPlus’ with Siemens Elfa
“Within an IP rated enclosure,” the company says, “Celerity features include an advanced cold-weather package, achieving system storage capability at -40C and system start-up at -10C. Celerity also includes reverse current protection and a fully integrated air delivery blower to deliver the optimum air flow for low-pressure stack operation.”
Hydrogenics says that its enhanced option, CelerityPlus, “is the first fuel cell engine product to achieve an engine bay drop-in installation.”
CelerityPlus is designed to be used with the widely deployed Elfa electric drive from Siemens. “The bundled solution,” Hydrogenics says, “means that OEMs today can step up their pace of product development and manufacturing capabilities, leading to vehicle cost reductions that can accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell powered transportation.”
“We hope to see fleet demonstrations and deployments in 2015,” Del Core told F&F.
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