Intelligent Energy Unveils New Hydrogen Fuel Cell to Unlock a Zero-Emission Future for Passenger Cars

By May 16, 2024 3   min read  (482 words)

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  • British company’s fuel cell is a commercially-viable, turnkey solution
  • UK’s first engine-shaped fuel cell system developed for passenger car market
  • At 157kW, the stack is more powerful than passenger car alternatives
  • 30% smaller heat exchanger creates packaging benefits for car manufacturers

LOUGHBOROUGH, England– Intelligent Energy (IE), a leading fuel cell manufacturer, has unveiled a hydrogen fuel cell system that is smaller and more powerful than any other solution on the passenger car market – creating a breakthrough opportunity to unlock a global, zero-emission future for the sector.

Fuel cells have the potential to help overcome the challenges associated with Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV), namely a dependency on limited natural resources, electric grid capacity, battery charging time and vehicle range. Fuel cells can also be as cheap to manufacture as internal combustion engines and can be produced using recycled and recyclable materials.

Intelligent Energy’s new IE-DRIVE™ single stack platform was recently unveiled in the UK as it powered an SUV provided by Changan Automobile.

The platform brings significant benefits when compared to other fuel cells developed by large automotive groups and their third party fuel cell suppliers, including:

More power
It is capable of 157kW gross electrical power, which is higher than any other passenger car single stack application currently available

Intelligent Energy’s patented direct water injection technology means DRIVE’s heat exchanger is up to 30% smaller than its competitors

The novel direct water injection system – which removes the need for a humidifier – allows the component count and bill of materials to be reduced

It is a complete turnkey system in the shape of a traditional engine and is designed to meet the low bonnet requirements of passenger cars. It includes the stack, electronic control unit, heat exchanger and Balance of Plant

Under full-scale, high-volume manufacturing conditions, Intelligent Energy predicts DRIVE will cost around US$125 per kW by the end of the decade, making it cheaper than BEV solutions and comparable to ICE

Intelligent Energy is now ready to roll its technology out to the passenger car sector, in partnership with suitable car manufacturers.

David Woolhouse, Intelligent Energy’s Chief Executive, said: “With 25% of passenger cars expected to have hydrogen fuel cell powertrains, this clean technology represents the future. As an independent and IATF-compliant tier 1 supplier business, I’m proud we have developed a breakthrough solution that can open up the market for passenger car manufacturers that need to package a more powerful system into their vehicles.”

About Intelligent Energy Limited

Intelligent Energy is a leader in the development and manufacture of cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cells that overcome the limitations of conventional battery-powered systems.

The privately-owned company, which has 600 patents in place, has been innovating for more than two decades in the automotive, aerospace, power generation, telecoms, materials handling and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sectors.


SOURCE: Intelligent Energy

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