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Fuel Cell

Team XIII

The fuel cell department has the responsibility to ensure that both the hydrogen and the air streams entering the fuel cell meet the required conditions of pressure, temperature, relative humidity, and mass flow rate. This is done using different components that compress, humidify and set the temperature of the streams to the required state. Additionally, the Fuel Cell department is also responsible for all cooling cycles in the car. We have six different cooling cycles since there are several components that have different requirements for cooling. The fuel cell department needs to ensure that each of these components is properly cooled to avoid overheating issues when racing.

Lars Talsma

Chief Fuel Cell

The new design of the car also comes with a completely new design of all the cooling cycles. It is my responsibility that all components receive their required cooling, but not overdesign it, as then we could have saved weight. We accomplish this by running a large variety of simulations and invoke the knowledge we gained about cooling from our previous cars.

Mounir Roodenburg

Chief Fuel Celll

To be able to drive the car one of the many requirements are sufficient and clean air intake and proper humidification throughout the whole fuel cell and its subsystems. As a fuel cell engineer it is my responsibility to design, build, test and optimise these systems. One of the projects is to recover as much energy from the unused energy in the air outlet stream of the fuel cell. 

Pranav Madabhushi

Chief Fuel Cell

Like any project focused on efficiency, victory can only be assured when the car operates at  optimal conditions. For a racing team, using every bit of available fuel is of utmost importance. It is my responsibility to find innovative solutions to keep the system working efficiently and waste as little hydrogen as possible. By using fluid simulations and our own experiments, new ideas for hydrogen consumption management can be created and implemented.

Covid-19 update

Due to the situation we are all in, the team is currently working from home. Health and safety will always go first, which is why we follow the guidelines of the TU Delft in this respect and do not work in the workplace on campus. From home, we will do everything in our power to develop the next-generation hydrogen racecar!

If you have any questions, you can always call us: +31 (0)15 2789 880