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Task 35, Fuel cell electric vehicles

Task 35, Fuel cell electric vehicles

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Ocktaeck Lim, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Ulsan
93 Daehak-ro, Nam-gu, Ulsan (44610)
South Korea
E-Mail : otlim@ulsan.ac.kr
Tel:+82-52-259-2852, Fax: +82-52-259-1680

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Programme of Work

The motivation of Task 35 is related to the transport system that has significant impacts on the environment, spending for between 20% and 25% of world energy consumption and produce carbon dioxide emissions. The majority of the emissions came from direct burning of fossil fuels. Greenhouse gas emissions from transport are increasing faster than any other energy using sector. Road transport is also a major contributor to local air pollution and climate change. Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have the potential to significantly reduce our dependence on fossil oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change. FCVs run on hydrogen gas rather than gasoline and emit no harmful tailpipe emissions. Several challenges must be overcome for them to be competitive with conventional vehicles, but their potential benefits are substantial. FCVs run on hydrogen can be representing as one of the sustainable mobility modes. The interest in hydrogen as an alternative fuel under stems from its ability to power fuel cells in zero-emission electric vehicles, its potential for domestic production and the fuel cell’s potential for high efficiency and easier to overcome the distance anxiety unlike electric vehicles. In fact, a fuel cell coupled with an electric motor is two to three times more efficient than internal combustion engine running on gasoline.

However, nowadays, FCVs still have limitations, because only few hydrogen stations are available. Then, the major manufacturers such as Hyundai and Toyota, for example, are currently offering their production fuel cell electric vehicles for sale or lease to customers living in markets where hydrogen fuel is available. Therefore, it will be very useful to looking in detail on FCVs as a sustainable mobility representative and its energy infrastructure such as its technology concepts, prospects, research needs, market condition, and hydrogen stations (international differences and best practices).

Task 35 "Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles of the IEA TCP Hybrid and Electric Vehicles" (HEV) aims at supporting a broader commercialization, acceptance and a further development of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCVs) by collecting and sharing pre-competitive information, exchange about framing conditions, best practices and ideas, how to develop the market conditions and mobility concepts further.

Task 35 looks at light duty electric vehicles (LDEV) for passenger transport which are either classified as L category vehicles, Kei cars, Micro- or subcompact FCVs.

The main approach of Task 35 is to collect and exchange information, opinions and concerns in workshops and to disseminate the results amongst stakeholders and policymakers. Three major topics are distinguished:

  • FCVs concepts: Technologies, prospects and research needs.
  • Hydrogen station for FCVs concepts: Technologies, prospects and research needs
  • Market condition for FCVs and hydrogen station: international differences and best practices

Working Method

The workshops aim to attract professionals from research, enterprises and policy makers, depending on the individual topics. An international survey distributed to a wider audience complements the workshops. Major insights and results together with other findings from desktop research will be published at conferences and in scientific journals.

Utilizing the existing IA-HEV framework, Task 35 will answer the main key questions related to FCVs research and development are e.g.

  • What are technologies to improve FCVs, their efficiency, range, comfort and how to lower their costs?
  • Which barriers exist for bringing more FCVs to the market?
  • What safety concepts for FCVs exist, how efficient are they and where are options for improvement?
  • Safety for hydrogen stations.

The objectives of task 35 are to analyze the technology for FCVs and hydrogen stations and to disseminate policy of FCVs and hydrogen stations. Furthermore, to share the information of the related technology among the stakeholders through workshops and conferences and to documentation and dissemination related to several topics such as:

  • FCVs concepts: Technologies, prospects and research needs, Hydrogen stations.
  • for FCVs concepts: Technologies, prospects and research needs, Market condition
  • for FCVs and hydrogen stations: international differences and best practices.

Duration

2017.01-2019.12

Member Countries

South Korea, Austria

Financing

Participation is free of charge for experts in the task field from universities, research organizations, and public authorities as representatives from IEA HEV TCP countries. In-kind contributions are expected. For industry participation, a sponsoring concept is available. Participation in workshops is by invitation only. Please contact the Operating Agent or the respective HEV TCP country representative.

Benefits of Participation

IEA HEV delegates from participating countries and sponsoring members will be appointed members of the advisory board. Participants in the core group of Task 35 will benefit from

  • Involvement in workshop preparation.
  • Access to all workshops.
  • First-hand and prompt access to results and information.