Micro fuel cell company myFC has been selected by the Swedish Energy Agency to participate in a feasibility study for the development of a hybrid solution with a combined battery and fuel cell system. The project aims to develop the next-generation electrical systems for electric vehicles specially adapted to the Nordic climate. The goal is to improve both the range of the vehicle and the driver's comfort, which is possible through the integration of fuel cell systems and the electrical system and also the heating system.
The project is a collaboration between myFC, Inzile, APR Technologies, Abtery AB, Gränges, and the research institute RISE, which will lead the feasibility study.
The project runs for eight months and is jointly financed by the Industrial Companies and the Swedish Energy Agency. The aim of the project is to develop concepts for next-generation electric drive systems for flexible electric vehicles specially adapted to the Nordic climate.
The goal is to design a system that provides both better comfort (efficient heating) and improved range through smart integration of fuel cell and battery in the vehicle. The fuel cell contributes electrically as a range extender and in the heat management system to support heating of battery systems and cab during start-up and in cold conditions.
myFC's fuel cell technology uses hydrogen where the by-product is heat. In the feasibility study, the goal is to utilize the by-product (heat) and thus increase the total energy utilization. This is to enable, at the prototype level, a sustainable solution for electric vehicles in cold climates.
“We believe the project is strategically important as electrified hybrid vehicles consisting of fuel cells and batteries and their powertrains will be a large part of our future market. We see that the Nordic climate presents special challenges for how heating systems are integrated in vehicles”, says Michael Glantz, CEO of myFC