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System design for vehicle applications: GM/opel

Fuel Cell Technology and Applications

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and systems (PEMFC)

System design and system-specific aspects

  1. D. A. Masten,
  2. A. D. Bosco

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974001.f303059

Handbook of Fuel Cells

Handbook of Fuel Cells

How to Cite

Masten, D. A. and Bosco, A. D. 2010. System design for vehicle applications: GM/opel. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .

Author Information

  1. General Motors, Global Alternative Propulsion Center, Honeoye Falls, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

Abstract

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) offer the promise of low or emissions-free, high efficiency vehicle power trains. However, many challenges and trade-offs are inherent in the adoption of the PEMFC stack to a complete production automotive system. In this chapter, major vehicle requirements are considered. A brief survey of the characteristics of direct hydrogen fuel cell systems, some permutations to the basic system and the options available to a system designer, as well as a more detailed discussion of some of the key trade-offs, are presented.

Keywords:

  • automotive;
  • applications;
  • proton exchange membrane fuel cells;
  • system design;
  • system efficiency;
  • thermal management;
  • water management;
  • air management