Advanced Fast-electronic Power Control System for Fuel Cell
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MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (ME
7960 S. Kolb Rd., Tucson, AZ, 85706
AbstractThe US Air Force will need smarter power source equipment to supplement primary power systems in remote-support ground stations in order to sustain long-term operations. Typically, solar based power systems are used. Fuel cell technologies and solar array source make the sources renewable and environmentally safe. However, fuel cell technologies require complex controlling scheme that must ensure efficient and robust power transfer from the sources without risks of their rapidly degraded reliability due to prolonged over-current and under voltage conditions. Therefore, MER Corporation is proposing to develop a fuel cell control system that employs fast responding control electronics. The proposed controller will reliably and efficiently manage power between the fuel cell, standby battery, and load via a bidirectional DC-DC converter. The design will take advantage of a recently available sophisticated integrated circuit designed for similar power management in portable electronics. MER is proposing to apply this new IC to manage much larger power schemes for the stable and reliable operation of fuel cell generators.
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