Zero Emission Powertrains and Fuel Cell Engines: APEC 2019

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This presentation gives a review of fuel cell engines enabling zero emission transportation. Electric traction is recognized as the future of mobility and energy conservation with battery electric, fuel cell electric and hybrid combustion engines as competing platforms. The combination of advances in power conversion systems with rapid advances in vehicle control and autonomous driving, e.g. predictive GPS based route optimization, has enabled commercially-viable vehicles. A Fuel Cell is a combustion-less/static engine that generates electric power directly by extracting the electrons from hydrogen to power the future transportation. Thus, power electronics are directly involved in both power generation and propulsion of the vehicles. Power electronics utilizing SiC devices are integrated with the fuel cell engine to provide the highest power density and more than triple the overall efficiency (fuel in, electric power out) with zero tail pipe emission enabling global GHG reduction and Carbon-free economy. Power Electronics become the workhorse enabling future mobility by also enabling the balance of plant system for the fuel cell engines including air compressor, thermal management and fuel processing units.

Dr. Goodarzi is President & CEO of US Hybrid and Chairman of Magmotor Technologies. With over 39 years of EV and HEV experience, he currently directs Technology and Product Development at US Hybrid with a focus on fuel cell electric, hybrid electric powertrain design and manufacturing for medium and heavy duty commercial and military vehicles, as well as development and production of the integrated Fuel Cell engines system for medium and heavy duty vehicles after US Hybrid acquired the UTC Power, PEM Transportation division. Dr. Goodarzi holds doctoral and master’s degrees from University of Missouri, Columbia in Power Electronics and a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Sacramento in Power Systems, registered Professional Engineer since 1985 with noted articles, several patents and has received various professional awards. Formerly, Dr. Goodarzi held the positions of Senior Scientist at Hughes Aircraft Company and Technical Director of General Motor’s EV1 program.

This presentation gives a review of fuel cell engines enabling zero emission transportation. Electric traction is recognized as the future of mobility and energy conservation with battery electric, fuel cell electric and hybrid combustion engines as competing...

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