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Special Issue "Fuel Cell Renewable Hybrid Power Systems"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical Power and Energy System".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Nicu Bizon

University of Pitesti, Faculty of Electronics, Communications and Computers, 1 Targu din Vale, Pitesti 110040, Romania
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Interests: power electronics; renewable energy; fuel cell; hybrid power systems; control; optimization

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The very fast increase in the world’s energy demand over the last decade, and the request for sustainable development, can be approached using micro-grids based on hybrid power systems combining renewable energy sources and fuel cell systems.

Thus, to highlight the latest solutions in the implementation of Fuel cell renewable hybrid power systems, this Special Issue, entitled Fuel Cell Renewable Hybrid Power Systems, was proposed for the international journal Energies, which is an SCIE journal (2017 IF = 2.262). The present Special Issue of Energies aims to collect innovative solutions and experimental research, as well as state-of-the-art studies, in the following topics:

-Fuel cell (FC) systems: modeling, control, optimization, and innovative technologies to improve the fuel economy, lifetime, reliability, and safety in operation;

-Hybrid power systems (HPSs) based on renewable energy sources (RESs) (RES HPS): optimized RES HPSs architectures; global maximum power point tracking (GMPPT) control algorithms to improve energy harvesting from RESs; advanced energy management strategies (EMSs) to optimally ensure the power flow balance on DC (and/or AC bus) for stand-alone RES HPSs or grid-connected RES HPSs (micro-grids);

-RES HPS with an FC system as a backup energy source (FC RES HPS): innovative solutions to mitigate the RES power variability and load dynamics to energy storage systems (ESSs) by controlling the generated FC power, DC voltage regulation, and/or load pulses mitigation by active control of the power converters from hybrid ESS;

-FC vehicles (FCVs): FCV powertrain, ESSs topologies and hybridization technologies, and EMSs to improve the fuel economy;

-Optimal sizing of FC RES HPSs and FCVs;

The papers received are subject to a rigorous, but fast, peer review procedure, ensuring the wide dissemination of research results accepted for this Special Issue.

I am writing to invite you to submit your original work to this Special Issue. I am looking forward to receiving your outstanding research outcomes.

Prof. Dr. Nicu Bizon
Guest Editor

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  • Hybrid power systems (HPSs)
  • Renewable energy sources (RESs)
  • Fuel cell (FC) systems
  • Energy management strategies (EMSs)
  • Hybrid energy storage systems (HESSs)
  • Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs)
  • Global maximum power point tracking (GMPPT)
  • FC RES micro-grids
  • System and process design of FC RES HPS
  • Fuel economy, lifetime, reliability, and safety in operation of FC RES HPS

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Open AccessArticle Optimization of Component Sizing for a Fuel Cell-Powered Truck to Minimize Ownership Cost
Energies 2019, 12(6), 1125; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12061125 (registering DOI)
Received: 27 February 2019 / Revised: 20 March 2019 / Accepted: 20 March 2019 / Published: 22 March 2019
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In this study, we consider fuel cell-powered electric trucks (FCETs) as an alternative to conventional medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. FCETs use a battery combined with onboard hydrogen storage for energy storage. The additional battery provides regenerative braking and better fuel economy, but it [...] Read more.
In this study, we consider fuel cell-powered electric trucks (FCETs) as an alternative to conventional medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. FCETs use a battery combined with onboard hydrogen storage for energy storage. The additional battery provides regenerative braking and better fuel economy, but it will also increase the initial cost of the vehicle. Heavier reliance on stored hydrogen might be cheaper initially, but operational costs will be higher because hydrogen is more expensive than electricity. Achieving the right tradeoff between these power and energy choices is necessary to reduce the ownership cost of the vehicle. This paper develops an optimum component sizing algorithm for FCETs. The truck vehicle model was developed in Autonomie, a platform for modelling vehicle energy consumption and performance. The algorithm optimizes component sizes to minimize overall ownership cost, while ensuring that the FCET matches or exceeds the performance and cargo capacity of a conventional vehicle. Class 4 delivery truck and class 8 linehaul trucks are shown as examples. We estimate the ownership cost for various hydrogen costs, powertrain components, ownership periods, and annual vehicle miles travelled. Full article
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