Special Issue "Fuel Cell Systems for Transportation Electrification"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrogen Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara
Guest Editor
ECE Department University of Houston, Houston, Texas, United States of America
Interests: Power electronics and drives; electric propulsion; Fuel cells for transportation and power generation, Microgrids
Prof. Dr. Fei Gao
Guest Editor
FEMTO-ST Institute, University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard, Belfort, France
Interests: Modeling of fuel cell systems; Reliability and Health monitoring; Transportation electrification

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Fuel cell vehicles promise to be far more efficient, produce low or zero emissions, and operate cleaner than internal combustion based vehicles. The energy density of a fuel cell is greater than that of a battery and can be refueled much faster than a battery. Fuel cells theoretically have the capability of producing electrical energy as long as hydrogen and oxygen are supplied to the electrodes. Hence there is an increasing interest in the application of fuel cells for propulsion and also for on-board power generation. The purpose of this special issue is to address the advances in research related to the use of fuel cells for transportation electrification. We invite original manuscripts presenting recent advances in this area with special reference to the following topics:

  • Fuel cell architectures for propulsion including plug-in/hybrid strategies.
  • Advanced power conversion and control techniques for maximum efficiency and performance
  • Optimization of energy system management
  • Reliability, prognostics, and health management as applied to transportation application
  • Fuel cells for aircrafts and VTOL vehicles, including propulsion and on-board power generation.
  • Fuel cell based distributed on-board power generation
  • Fuel cells for electrification of marine vehicles
  • Hybrid fuel cell APUs for large vessels/vehicles.
  • Fuel cell based electric trains.


Prof. Dr. Kaushik Rajashekara
Prof. Dr. Fei Gao
Guest Editors

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  • Propulsion
  • on-board power
  • hybrid fuel cell
  • optimization
  • electrification
  • energy management

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Design, Development, and Performance of a 10 kW Polymer Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Stack as Part of a Hybrid Power Source Designed to Supply a Motor Glider
Energies 2020, 13(17), 4393; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13174393 - 26 Aug 2020
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A 10 kW PEMFC (polymer exchange membrane fuel cell) stack consisting of two 5 kW modules, (A) and (B), connected in series with a multi-function controller unit was constructed and tested. The electrical performance of the V-shaped PEMFC stack was investigated under constant [...] Read more.
A 10 kW PEMFC (polymer exchange membrane fuel cell) stack consisting of two 5 kW modules, (A) and (B), connected in series with a multi-function controller unit was constructed and tested. The electrical performance of the V-shaped PEMFC stack was investigated under constant and variable electrical load. It was found that the PEMFC stack was capable of supplying the required 10 kW of electrical power. An optimised purification process via ‘purge’ or humidification, implemented by means of a short-circuit unit (SCU) control strategy, enabled slightly improved performance. Online monitoring of the utilisation of the hydrogen system was developed and tested during the operation of the stack, especially under variable electrical load. The air-cooling subsystem consisting of a common channel connecting two 5 kW PEMFC modules and two cascade axial fans was designed, manufactured using 3D printing technology, and tested with respect to the electrical performance of the device. The dependence of total partial-pressure drop vs. ratio of air volumetric flow for the integrated PEMFC stack with cooling devices was also determined. An algorithm of stack operation involving thermal, humidity, and energy management was elaborated. The safety operation and fault diagnosis of the PEMFC stack was also tested. Full article
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