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Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

Webinar - Online
Alicia Tomaszewski – tec@ieee.org
Fei Gao

Abstract: The fuel cell is a potential candidate for terrestrial transportation in the future. A fuel cell is able to directly convert the chemical energy stored in fuel (e.g. hydrogen) into electricity, without undergoing different intermediary conversion steps.

This presentation will mainly focus on the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology which has been largely used in fuel cell electric vehicles. The PEM fuel cell operating principles, such as its physics, structure, power characteristics, will be presented and discussed. Different powertrain configurations within fuel cells electric vehicles will be shown with some real fuel cell vehicle examples around the world. A short introduction about the current state-of-the-art of PEM fuel cells and challenges faced by the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles will be given at last.

Biography:  Fei Gao received the Master's degree in electrical and control system engineering in 2007, and the Ph.D. degree in renewable energy with distinguished youth doctor reward in 2010, both from the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbeliard (UTBM), Belfort, France. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Energy Department, UTBM, France. He is the Head of the Energy Production Division, Department of Energy, UTBM.


Dr. Gao is the holder of the French research expertise bonus (PEDR) by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research with A rank. He is also an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications and IEEE Transaction on Transportation Electrification, and the Chair of fuel cell modeling axis of the Fuel Cell Research Federation in France. He is elected respectively in 2013 as Secretary and in 2016 as Vice-Chair of the Technical Committee on Transportation Electrification of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society.

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