Power Train Development and Testing for a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Electric Hybrid Neighborhood Electric Vehicle
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Mechanical Engineering Honors Theses; 2007
Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs), also known as low speed vehicles, are a compact, efficient means of transportation for one to six passengers in urban settings. Fully road-worthy and street-legal vehicles, NEVs are potentially a high-efficiency, zero emission-mode of transportation for urban traffic. With diminishing oil supplies available, not only to the United States but also to the world, there is a need to move forward to alternative fuel systems and higher efficiency solutions for personal mobility. Fuel cell technology is an accelerating choice of powering vehicles, especially low speed vehicles with limited power demands. The Ohio State University, in conjunction with a Korean partner, is diving into the field of fuel cell technology to develop a new generation of NEV. The proposed project is to create a NEV powered by low power hydrogen fuel cells hybridized with Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries, with bi-directional interconnection to the electrical grid. This would provide multiple modes of usage, ranging from high-efficiency grid-independent (charge-sustaining) operation, to grid-dependent (charge-depleting) personal transportation, to auxiliary power generation for homes when the vehicle is not in use. Although a part of a larger project, I seek to be a part of as many of the individual tasks as possible, in particular the testing and validation of the vehicle. I also plan on being the main contributor to the spatial analysis of the vehicle, and supervise the physical realization of it as well. Weekly team meetings will provide a good basis for acquiring knowledge of the project as a whole. Each team member will be able to concentrate on their individual tasks while having a sense of the big picture of the project. Advisor: Yann Guezennec
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