Higher efficiency, but lower heat rejection: The thermal management of a fuel cell system
In this first episode Dr. Johannes Schirmer from the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) speaks about the requirements for cooling and heating in a fuel cell electric vehicle, highlighting the differences compared to a conventional combustion car.
On Dr. Schirmer
Dr. Johannes Schirmer leads the DLR team in INN-BALANCE that develops the thermal management of the fuel cell system. As a researcher at the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart, his work is dedicated to fuel cell systems in airborne and other mobility applications.
Thermal management in FCEVs - In a nutshell
The thermal management ranges among the most sophisticated components in an automotive fuel cell system. It ensures optimum control of the chemical reaction in the cell to allow maximum performance at minimum degradation of the cell. Complementary to the thermal management, the anti-freeze module plays a significant role as well, ensuring cold-starts of a fuel cell electric vehicle in below zero temperatures are possible.