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.
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.
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.
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.