BMW, GKN, Fraunhofer LBF, Fuel Cell Truck.
BMW looks into fuel cells: At the FVV research institute a new group led by BMW’s Dr. Merten Jung is working on future fuel cells designed to be cheaper. Through application-oriented research, the group sees potential in lowering platinum content, simulation models as well as new components. Hydrogen as well as air supply systems are further fields FVV research is looking into and Jung hopes “it will be possible in some ten years to build hydrogen fuel cell propulsion systems that do not contain much more platinum than a today’s diesel catalytic converter.”
More electric motors will roll off the GKN production lines GKN at Bruneck, Italy, where the supplier plans to increase capacity by 60 percent until 2019. Demand feeds the move and comes from OEMs like Volvo or BMW who use GKN’s eAxle system in their plug-in hybrids.
Smarter testing: The InTeLekt project delivers first results as Fraunhofer LBF presents a new testing environment for error simulation in power modules. It shall help to develop EVs faster and mimics both electric drive and battery to test the inverter and allows to impress vibrations at the same time.
Road legal fuel cell truck: Swiss developer ESORO received official road approval for its 35t fuel cell truck it realised for Coop. The truck has been running for thousands of testing kilometres and will now deliver chilled products to the grocer. One hydrogen filling lasts for 400 km.