Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Auxiliary Power Unit - A Paradigm Shift in Electric Supply for Transportation 2000-01-C070
Delphi Automotive Systems and BMW have been jointly developing
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology for application in the
transportation industry primarily as an on-board Auxiliary Power
Unit (APU). In the first application of this joint program, the APU
will be used to power an electric air conditioning system without
the need for operating the vehicle engine.
The SOFC-based APU technology has the potential to provide a
paradigm shift in the supply of electric power for passenger cars.
Furthermore, supplementing the conventional fuel with reformate in
the internal combustion engine, extremely low emissions and high
system efficiencies are possible. This is consistent with the
increasing power demands in automobiles in the new era of more
comfort and safety along with environmental friendliness.
James Zizelman, Jean Botti, Joachim Tachtler, Wolfgang Strobl
Delphi Automotive Systems, BMW Group
Convergence 2000 International Congress on Transportation Electronics