Development of Next Generation Heavy Duty Bus Fuel Cells with Enhanced Durability
The project involves a cohesive research team from Ballard Power Systems, Simon Fraser University, and University of Victoria, with complementary and multi-disciplinary expertise in fuel cell science and technology, materials design and fabrication, multi-scale modeling, system design and engineering, as well as system controls and diagnostics. A comprehensive experimental-theoretical research approach is pursued that ranges from fundamental theory to empirical analysis, with close university-industry collaboration. For validation purposes, the research benefits from extensive real-time field data and field operated material samples extracted from the Whistler, British Columbia fuel cell bus fleet. The results obtained to date have enabled substantial improvements in membrane stability under bus conditions (based on laboratory testing) and enhanced the ability to accurately predict the fuel cell stack lifetime over several years of on-road transit service. This understanding will guide the development of the next generation of heavy duty fuel cell modules that reduce both capital cost and operating costs of fuel cell buses, making them commercially competitive with diesel hybrid buses on a lifecycle basis.
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