Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) generate efficient and emission-free power for electric vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles (FCV) represent the "all performance cars" in the e-mobility sector i.e. they reach driving ranges similar to conventional cars even in the larger vehicle classes. As the development processes nears commercialization the major fuel cell development efforts are focused on cost reduction, lifetime and reliability optimization.
AVL has developed Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) technology based on solid oxide fuel cells since 2002. The system is operated with conventional diesel fuel and reaches a net electrical power out- put of 3kW at an electrical efficiency of 35%. The system can also provide heat independent of fuel cell operation up to 10kW. The system is intended for truck anti-idling, maritime and other mobile power generator applications.
AVL develops stationary SOFC CHP (combined heat and power) generators covering the complete development process - from system simulation, layout analysis, optimization, component development (reformers, media supply, burners etc.), design and packaging and control - all the way through to prototype manufacturing and testing.
Comprehensive experience leading to outstanding solutions
Fuel cells are a potentially game-changing technology for mobility and power generation. AVL’s fuel cell engineering and testing offerings are based on more than 15 years’ experience. The solutions are flexible, cost-efficient and offer viable business cases for clean and efficient mobility and power generation applications.