development of fuel cells as an electric drive is mainly assigned to automobile manufacturers. Fuel cells as auxiliary power units (APUs) are a possibility for hybrid solutions in existing vehicles and have received considerable attention.
APU - Auxiliary Power Unit
APUs are small onboard power plants that provide electricity and no propulsion. There is already a market for APUs in wide range of vehicle types for a variety of applications. Each of these existing applications could provide attractive markets for fuel cells.
The EBZ Fuel Cell System is targeted on Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for large vehicles like trains, ships and airplanes. The choice of suitable fuels ranges from gaseous fuels like natural gas or hydrogen to on-board processed liquid hydrocarbons like heating oil, diesel or kerosene. The generated electrical power will typically be fed into the 12 to 42-voltage system with battery back. In most cases, the excess heat can also be used expediently.
The fuel cell aggregate demonstrates its advantages particularly during vehicle downtime. In cases where there has been used "a steam hammer to crack the nut" so far, namely when the minimal efficient prime engine continues running only to generate on-board power, the EBZ Fuel Cell System will take control. The APU is highly efficient, emissions reducing, noiseless and extend the life time and service interval of the main engine.
Engines for Drives – Fuel Cells for Power!