Development of Motorized Turbo Compressor for CLARITY FUEL CELL

Paper #:
  • 2017-01-1187

Published:
  • 2017-03-28
Abstract:
In order to further popularize fuel cell vehicles, it is considered necessary to mount the fuel cell system inside the front hood to enable replacement of internal combustion engine vehicles. Therefore, the size of the conventional fuel cell system was further reduced and the CLARITY FUEL CELL, which mounts the fuel cell inside the front hood, was developed in 2016. This paper describes the motorized turbo compressor, which is a key technology for reducing the size of the fuel cell system for the CLARITY FUEL CELL. The oxygen needed for fuel cell power generation is sent into the fuel cell by compressing the air in the atmosphere with a compressor. The conventionally used Lysholm compressor needed numerous sound absorbers, such as silencers and acoustic covers, to help achieve quietness when driving. Therefore, changing to a turbo compressor enhanced quietness and helped to eliminate or reduce the size of these auxiliary sound absorbers. Furthermore, a two-stage supercharging structure was used and the air pressure supplied to the fuel cell was increased to 1.7 times the previous air pressure. This increased the fuel cell power, which enabled to reduce the number of cells needed, and reduced the needed humidification amount which enabled to reduce the size of the humidifier. These enhancements helped to reduce the system size. In addition, air bearings that are clean (no oil contamination) and can support higher speeds were used as the bearings for the turbo compressor. A dedicated compact inverter was also developed, which facilitated installation in the vehicle, and the use of sensor-less control helped to eliminate the motor resolver, which helped to reduce the motor size.
Access
Now
SAE MOBILUS Subscriber? You may already have access.
Buy
Attention: This item is not yet published. Pre-Order to be notified, via email, when it becomes available.
Select
Price
List
Download
$22.00
Mail
$22.00
Members save up to 36% off list price.
Share
HTML for Linking to Page
Page URL

Related Items

Article
2016-02-02
Article
2016-02-02
Technical Paper / Journal Article
2006-12-05
Technical Paper / Journal Article
2003-01-18
Technical Paper / Journal Article
2009-01-21
Article
2016-02-02
Technical Paper / Journal Article
2004-03-08