At the full stack test stand, system components for PEM fuel cells are examined and operating strategies are developed.
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In the altitude chamber, fuel cell systems are investigated under altitude conditions (reduced pressure, low temperatures).
HY4- The world's first four-seat passenger aircraft with hydrogen fuel cell technology and electric propulsion.
Maiden flight of the Antares - the first manned aircraft powered exclusively by fuel cells.
The BALIS project develops the world's first fuel cell powertrain for aircraft.
The Applied Electrochemical Systems (ASY) group focuses on developing applications for the aerospace industry. The department looks back on more than 10 years of experience in the field of electrochemical propulsion systems for aerospace applications. The main focus is on propulsion systems for commercial aviation ("all electric aircraft"). The feasibility in small aircraft has already been demonstrated in flight:
The group's focus is now on upscaling system performance into the megawatt range, enabling zero-emission propulsion of regional aircraft and thus entry into commercial aviation. In addition to high system performance, the constraints of commercial aviation pose extreme challenges in terms of power density, reliability, robustness and redundancy of the systems under variable environmental conditions. Experimental investigations in our laboratories and our test environment BALIS (homepage BALIS) as well as modeling work are used to scientifically address these challenges and find application-oriented solutions for aerospace.
In the field of space flight, the focus is on battery systems for powering near-earth satellites. The aim is to develop and qualify energy supply systems based on modern commercial components such as state-of-the-art battery cells and electronics. This is aimed at improving energy density and functionality as well as significantly reducing costs compared to the currently used proven space technology.
Our research topics at a glance: