Development of an energy efficient driving strategy for a fuel cell vehicle over a fixed distance and average velocity

Syed Mohd Harussani Syed Omar, N. M. Arshad, Mohd Hadi Anuar Mohd Fakharuzi, T. A. Ward

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Abstract

This paper examines the energy efficiency of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle operating at different power settings. The goal is to develop a driving strategy to maximize energy efficiency for a fixed distance and average velocity. The test vehicle is equipped with a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell system that provides electric power to a brushless DC motor. This vehicle was designed to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon, an international competition in which the winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. A computer model that simulated the motor and vehicle dynamics was used to predict the output power demanded from the fuel cell. An actual test was then conducted to verify, compare and analyze the performance of the motor for various speed ranges. The result showed how the efficiency varied for different vehicle accelerations. This data can then be used as a basis to operate the vehicle with optimal efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Conference on Systems, Process & Control (ICSPC)
PublisherIEEE
Pages117-120
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479922093
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2014
Event2013 IEEE Conference on Systems, Process and Control - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 13 Dec 201315 Dec 2013

Conference

Conference2013 IEEE Conference on Systems, Process and Control
Abbreviated titleICSPC 2013
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period13/12/1315/12/13

Keywords

  • acceleration efficiency
  • control/driving technique
  • energy-efficient race
  • prototype fuel cell electric vehicle
  • vehicle dynamic modelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering

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