Development of Hybrid Vehicle for ground service handling operations

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The objective of this work is to develop a hybrid power pack which both improves fuel efficiency and reduces the emission of ultra-fine particles at the same time. The power pack consists of a fuel cell and a battery and it operates on methanol-water mixture. The power pack represents a cost effective solution, while the hybrid vehicle has a number of advantages compared to an internal combustion engine (ICE) diesel powered vehicles: no particle emissions; possible indoor usage in hangars; fuel efficiency and fossil free transportation. Particle emissions from diesel ICE utility vehicles at the airport handling area (luggage, passenger in/out, fueling and service) represent serious health hazards. Especially the emission of ultra-fine particles represents a significant problem for the working environment at airports. The advantage of this concept is that the size of the individual components can be reduced (as compared to a non-hybrid system), while improving the overall energy efficiency by using the most efficient hybridization for a given power requirement (5 kW). The fuel cell technology is based on High Temperature PEM fuel cells (HTPEMFCs) from Danish Power Systems Company. The battery pack, battery management system (BMS) and on-board charger are being developed by Lithium Balance Company.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
- Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 31 Aug 20172 Sep 2017


Conference15th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
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