Research Project on Fuel Cells Alternative to Electromobility

An Anteater Express Fuel Cell Bus stops at Campus stop at University of California Irvine.
An Anteater Express Fuel Cell Bus stops at Campus stop at University of California Irvine.

Fuel cells as future components of vehicle drive systems represent an alternative to conventional combustion engines and also to batteries in e-mobility. Their mode of operation is similar to that of a battery. Research into fuel cell systems is now to be further expanded.

Like a battery, a fuel cell supplies electrical energy. For this purpose, hydrogen is continuously supplied as an energy carrier and mixed with air so that oxidation takes place. This is where the research of the ARIEL project comes in: It deals with the development and testing of an electrically driven air compressor for a fuel cell system in a vehicle until its market launch.

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is funding the ARIEL project with more than seven million euros. Volkswagen, TU Braunschweig, Leibniz Universität Hannover, and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences are involved in the joint project.

In the project, the air compressor is to be optimized in terms of costs, efficiency, and performance, among other things. Thereby, the unit reduces the costs of a fuel cell system for mobile applications. The overall objective of the project is an electrically driven air compressor, which will be used as the basis for series development.