BREEZE! Fuel Cell Range Extender for Electric Vehicles: Zero Emission!


Motivation and Objective

Conventional range extender approaches use combustion engines to provide extended range and short overnight times at longer distances. Disadvantages are pollutant emissions and noise generation during the use of the range extender. Within the "BREEZE!" Project, a fuel cell system had been developed, which is operated by hydrogen. Since the project started in 2011, the project consortium has developed the entire fuel cell system. Beginning with material tests for the bipolar plates contained in the cell, BPP for short, and the membrane electrode unit, MEA for short, the VKA partners developed a completely new cell, which is adapted to the application of a fuel cell range extender . In this context, the VKA has coordinated the individual system components, thus defining the boundary conditions for the operating strategy.

Research Approach

  • Expansion of the zero-emission range of a battery-powered vehicle
  • Development of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell system adapted to the range extender application
  • Integration of the fuel cell range extender into a battery operated Fiat 500