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Bosch Engineering develops control unit for fuel cell systems for ground support equipment

Bosch Engineering GmbH will present a new fuel cell control unit (FCCU) for off-highway applications such as airport ground support equipment such as baggage towing tractors at the MobiliTec specialist trade show at the 2014 Hannover trade fair.

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Control Unit for fuel cell system for off-highway vehicles Bosch Engineering GmbH is offering a fuel cell control unit for zero-emission off-highway applications such as baggage towing tractors. The new fuel cell control unit is based on automotive large-scale series production from Bosch. Click to enlarge.

The FCCU is based on Bosch automotive large-scale series production hardware. Together with newly developed software for controlling fuel cell systems, it has the flexibility to be used in various mobile and stationary applications and supports a wide variety of system configurations.

The software features integrated hydrogen, air, and coolant control, so it can run a large number of operating strategies to further increase energy efficiency and keep consumption to a minimum.

Electrification of off-highway applications—among them airport ground support vehicles, municipal vehicles, and industrial trucks—is being driven by the tightening of emissions legislation for internal-combustion engines with over 56 kW (75 hp) of output (EU Stage IV and US Tier 4 Final).

Bosch Engineering’s FCCU will first be applied in the “Innovative On-Board Energiewandler” (InnoROBE) project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Bosch is providing the project with the central control unit for a fuel cell system that will serve as an energy source for an electrically powered baggage towing truck.

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