Quiet Reliable and Compact Fuel Cell Based APU (QRCFC-APU)
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244 Sobrante Way, Sunnyvale, CA, 94086
AbstractThere are over 480,000 trucks on the US roads, and each vehicle produces up to 20 tons CO2, 420 lbs of CO and 250 lbs of nitrous oxides per year, while idling to produce auxiliary power needed for the driver¿s comfort. A Quiet Reliable and Compact Fuel Cell Base APU (QRCFC-APU) is proposed to significantly reduce these emissions. QRCFC overcomes the challenges with the diesel fuel reforming and the current fuel cell systems limitations to reliably convert diesel fuel to power on board the truck and replace idling. Under Phase I, QRCFC will be designed and its critical components and processes will be tested to provide the foundation for a Phase II under which the system will be fabricated and demonstrated. If QRCFC-APU penetrates just 20% of the truck APU market, it will result in the reduction of over 12,00 tons on NOx, 20,160 tons of CO and 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions each year. Idling the trucks results in substantial fuel and maintenance cost for the truck owner and driver. Current diesel engine based APU generators are too noisy, inefficient and lack longevity and reliability needed to extended operation. When QRCFC-APU is available, the cost savings achieved by replacing truck idling with QRCFC-APUs, along with its quietness and high efficiency will drive the commercialization of the system. This economic driver and other system attributes will allow QRCFC-APU to capture a substantial portion of the potential $2 billion market for the truck APUs.
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