Automotive supplier Pierburg will supply hydrogen technology to a project, featuring BMW, developing a highly integrated high-power fuel cell driveline.
The Neuss-based company is contributing an innovative hydrogen recirculation blower which will feed the hydrogen not consumed during the reaction in the fuel cell back into the stack.
The blower thus increases the fuel cell’s efficiency and extends its service life.
Moreover, by distributing the hydrogen homogeneously in the cell, it enables improved cold-start response.
Featuring BMW, University of Siegen, Federal Ministry of Transport and the German National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW), the project aims to reduce the currently still high manufacturing costs of these systems by using low-cost, space-saving components and a high level of integration.
The fuel cell should thus be able to be used instead of combustion engines in the front of passenger cars without detrimental effects on weight or installation space.
In view of road-traffic approval, the entire fuel cell system in the vehicle is also subjected to numerous tests.
These include crash tests as well as investigations into the safe functioning of hydrogen tanks.
“We are noticing increasing interest in the market from almost all manufacturers,” said Dr. Michael Becker, Director for Advanced Engineering at Pierburg and coordinator of the company’s fuel cell activities.
“This applies, on the one hand, to larger passenger cars and SUVs, and increasingly to commercial vehicles, buses and stationary applications.”