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Congress: New challenges and applications in development of a modularization fuel cell concept

Event: FISITA World Congress 14-16 September 2021 online

Name: Konstantin Nowoseltschenko, Research Assosciate

Company: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Presentation Title: F2021-ADM-139 Design of a modularized fuel cell system for multiple use in different applications

Please introduce yourself briefly…

Hello, my name is Konstantin Nowoseltschenko. I am a research associate in the Drive Systems Research Group of the Institute of Product Engineering (IPEK) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. The focus of this research group's work is on systems, methods and processes in the development and validation of conventional, electrified and electric drive systems. My research focuses on application-specific battery system development and modularization of powertrain components in electrified and electric drive systems to increase application flexibility.

What you will talk about at this year’s FISITA World Congress?

This year at Fisita, I would like to talk about the modularization of fuel cell systems for use in multiple applications:

  • Fuel cell systems represent a locally emission-free drive system and can be used in a diverse range of applications in both mobile and stationary applications.

  • For this reason, we are investigating the possibility of a modularization concept for a fuel cell system that focuses on coupling different application scenarios and allows customers to use modules of the overall system in different applications.

  • Such a concept presents new challenges in product development, which I will address in the presentation.

What benefits will participants gain from your presentation?

Within the presentation, a modularization concept for a fuel cell system for use in multiple applications is proposed by IPEK. Starting with an analysis of application scenarios and reference products, requirements for a fuel cell system for different applications are derived. Afterwards, possible combinations of applications that could be powered by a modular fuel cell system are investigated and a system of objectives for a modularization concept is defined. The presentation will focus on the new challenges in development of such a modularization concept as well as the applied methods of development.

Which trends do you consider as the most important for your domain of research and your geographical region and what challenges and opportunities do they present?

To enable emission-free and resource-saving mobility, drives are increasingly being electrified, leading to a diversification of drive technologies. The expansion of the battery-electric drive system by the fuel cell is intended to compensate for the disadvantages, particularly in terms of range and charging times. Like the battery, the fuel cell is not (yet) a cost-effective solution. At this point, the development of modularization concepts can be used to provide customer-perceivable product features and to reduce manufacturing costs.

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Since 1947, the FISITA World Congress has been the leading international meeting place for industry experts, engineers and executives to exchange ideas and discuss the trends that drive the automotive industry forward. The theme for the 38th FISITA World Congress is 'From automobile to mobility. New roles. New challenges' and it will take place 14-16 September 2021, with the opportunity for the global audience to join virtually available for the first time. Registration is now open, with the Early Bird and special registration rates available until 31 August 2021.

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