Experimental evaluation of a passive fuel cell/battery hybrid power system for an unmanned ground vehicle

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Lopez Gonzalez, Eduardo; Saenz Cuesta, Jaime; Vivas Fernandez, Francisco J.; Isorna Llerena, Fernando; Ridao Carlini, Miguel Angel; Bordons Alba, Carlos; Hernandez, Emili; Elfes, Alberto


2019-05-17


Journal Article


International Journal of Hydrogen Energy


44


25


12772-12782


Unmanned vehicles are increasing the performance of monitoring and surveillance in several applications. Endurance is a key issue in these systems, in particular in electric vehicles, powered at present mainly by batteries. Hybrid power systems based on batteries and fuel cells have the potential to achieve high energy density and specific energy, increasing also the life time and safe operating conditions of the power system. The objective of this research is to analyze the performance of a passive hybrid power system, designed and developed to be integrated in an existing unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The proposed solution is based on six LiPo cells, connected in series, and a 200 W PEM fuel cell stack, directly connected in parallel to the battery without any limitation to its charge. The paper presents the characterization of the system behavior, and shows the main results in terms of performance and energy management.


Elsevier


electrical energy storage; unmanned vehicles; fuel cells; hybrid power systems; electric propulsion


Autonomous Vehicles


https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.10.107


EP188794


Journal article - Refereed


English


0360-3199


Lopez Gonzalez, Eduardo; Saenz Cuesta, Jaime; Vivas Fernandez, Francisco J.; Isorna Llerena, Fernando; Ridao Carlini, Miguel Angel; Bordons Alba, Carlos; Hernandez, Emili; Elfes, Alberto. Experimental evaluation of a passive fuel cell/battery hybrid power system for an unmanned ground vehicle. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2019; 44(25):12772-12782. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.10.107



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