Fuel Cell Systems and aiR flOw conTrol for grOund tRansportation

Project abstract

In 2018, transportation accounted for 29% of the GreenHouse Gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union (EU), 71% of which coming from ground transportation. To mitigate the environmental impact of transportation, the EU has targeted a 90% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 (compared to 1990 levels).
Regarding ground transportation, the use of zero emission Fuel Cell Electrical Vehicles (FCEVs) powered by renewable hydrogen is a promising path. Nevertheless, Fuel Cell Systems (FCS) still need to be improved in order to maximize reliability, durability, efficiency and to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).
The FCS-ROTOR project, bringing together ENOGIA, the SHARPAC team of FEMTO-ST and the Turbomachinery team of LMFA, is fully dedicated to providing innovative technical solutions in order to solve this multi-disciplinary, multi-operating point and multi-objective optimization problem, with a major focus on design and control of the air management subsystem and more specifically of its compressor, taking into account standard driving cycles such as New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) or Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Cycles (WLTC).
The FCS-ROTOR project proposes a unique methodology based on FCS modeling, multi-fidelity turbomachinery modeling and experimental validations involving and combining disciplines such as electrical engineering, energy control and management, aerodynamics, fluid-structure interactions, design and manufacturing, metamodeling and global optimization. The inherent transdisciplinarity of the project will lead to strong interaction and cooperation between the partners.
FCS-ROTOR will allow significant progress in the field of FCEVs and will strongly contribute to an efficient and economically attractive energy transition, aiming for 100% carbon-free mobility from well to wheels.