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Eaton, Ballard and NREL to explore more efficient fuel cell technology for heavy-duty trucks

Eaton, Ballard and NREL to explore more efficient fuel cell technology for heavy-duty trucks

Eaton, Ballard and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will collaborate on producing more fuel efficient hydrogen fuel cell technology.

The agreement will look to leverage Eaton Vehicle Group’s twin vortices series (TVS) technology to improve the fuel efficiency of fuel cell technology.

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It is anticipated that this will help enhance Eaton’s commitment to decarbonising the transportation sector and will extend its reach into hydrogen and fuel cell mobility.

To this end, Eaton will look to design and test a subscale, proof-of-concept system prototype, which utilises its TVS technology, to deliver a significant reduction in air system power consumption and fuel cell efficiency.

The TVS technology is well suited to harsh environments with it capable of tolerating water, having operation maps with broad efficiency in addition to providing accurate air flow control in proportion to speed.

This could make the new technology suitable to being used in harsher conditions broadening the market stretch.

Karl Sievertsen, Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer at Eaton’s Vehicle Group, said, “Our TVS supercharger technology provides fuel cell manufacturers with a precise amount of controlled air to increase power and efficiency.

“The efficiency of competitive fuel cells is lower because most hydrogen fuel cells use simple fans for air flow, which produces less pressure and is not controllable.”

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