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Fuel Cell

Team XIV

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. The fuel cell department is responsible for all the systems connected to the fuel cell stack. Last year the department largely completed the design of the fuel cell system, this year the department will finish the design and start the production and testing of in-house developed components. Finally everything needs to be assembled to a complete a fully operating fuel cell system to power the Forze IX.

Noël op ‘t Land

Fuel cell engineer

My department revolves around the optimal operation of the fuel cell stack. To ensure that, the hydrogen and air streams need to fulfill the right conditions. It is my responsibility to provide all pressure and temperature related components to the fuel cell system. From the high pressure lines to the ejector and from the intercooler to the turbocompressor. This year will be all about designing, testing and manufacturing those components to build the Forze IX ultimately.

Noah van der Linden

Fuel cell engineer

In order to ensure safe operation of our system, our components need to be protected against noxious compounds and harmful by-products. It is my responsibility to ensure proper separation by designing and producing separators, and by devising considerate purge strategies. My responsibilities include air filtration, water management and humidification, and nitrogen purging. By doing this, we provide optimal conditions to our system and prolong the lifetime of our components, so that we have a long lasting and optimally performing car

Kalyan Wessendorp

Fuel cell engineer

In order to get the maximum performance out of the car throughout an entire race, it is imperative to avoid overheating any component. This is achieved by running cooling cycles throughout the car, optimised to cool each component by the required amount for every weather scenario. My responsibilities are to design, test and produce these cycles to be as lightweight and space efficient as possible.