• 23-NOV-2018

FPT INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPS HYDROGEN FUEL CELL POWER TRAIN AS ONE OF ITS R&D PROJECTS

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Turin, November 23rd, 2018
 
A technology that could lead to zero emission engine solutions is one of the several Research & Development projects conducted by FPT Industrial. During its event Tech Day 2018, the company is demonstrating a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain concept, designed for heavy-duty applications.
 
As a multipower solutions provider, the purpose of FPT Industrial is to study, test and overcome the constraints to make hydrogen a viable and effective solution, specially on high energy demanding applications, providing also performance, autonomy and reliability.
 
The combination of electric and fuel cell generates a zero-emission vehicle, reinforcing hydrogen as the evolution of Natural Gas for long-haul applications. Because of the advantages of hydrogen to the environment – it can be the cleanest fuel possible -, FPT Industrial is getting ready to lead the innovation on the matter. Hydrogen can also become paramount in the development of a circular economy, because it can be produced locally through renewable resources from biomethane, wind or solar energy.
 
The powertrain system developed by FPT Industrial delivers a maximum power of 400 kW and has as main elements H2 tanks, a fuel cell module, a lithium-ion battery pack, an e-axle and an energy management system. The fuel cell supply energy to the e-axle, which ensure that the performance is aligned with a diesel powertrain. The electric motor integrated in the axle gives power to the wheels and, thanks to smart logic control,it keeps energy consumption as lower as possible. The lithium-ion battery supports the fuel cell during the most demanding operations and store energy during the vehicle deceleration phase.
 
Moreover, the powertrain will have smart management and controls, allowing complete visibility of each segment, such as air, integration, thermal systems, fuel and power, to ensure up to 50% powertrain efficiency.
 
The energy management system will provide the minimum amount of energy to satisfy the power demand. Depending on the system condition, the software can balance the energy through battery and fuel cell to give the appropriate energy to the e-motor. This will ensure that the fuel cell has a durability of 20,000 hours. This FPT proprietary management system coupled with Hydrogen tanks can also guarantee an autonomy of around 800 km.
 
Considering a future scenario, FPT Industrial Hydrogen Fuel Cell powertrain will have among its advantages: the highest sustainability with zero emission regarding noise and pollutants, Diesel-like performance, similar weight of a Diesel powertrain, but making the vehicle 70% lighter than a battery one (considering a 44-ton GVW truck), and it will be filled 6 times faster than a battery vehicle – the fuel cell has a refilling time of around 20 minutes, while the battery can take up to 2 hours.