Hydrogenics Corporation has introduced a new fuel cell system purposely developed for medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks. The Celerity system is intended to reducing the time and cost needed to integrate fuel cells into a vehicle’s drivetrain. The company is profiling the new system at the 2014 American Public Transit Association Expo in Houston, Texas.
To develop Celerity, we began with our HyPM HD platform of low-pressure, non-humidified stack technology, which is at the core of our durable and economical fuel cell systems. Our HD platform negates the need for air compressors, and our patented HD dry-dry technology means our systems operate with non-humidified air and hydrogen. Using a design approach that would have been technically and economically unfeasible with pressurized stacks, we have achieved breakthroughs in value and reliability. We believe that progressive fleet operators with GHG reduction commitments will urge OEM suppliers to put Celerity to the test.—Joe Cargnelli, CTO of Hydrogenics
With Celerity, Hydrogenics said it can offer previously-unavailable installation options that directly reduce the cost of vehicle ownership.
Celerity’s all-in design includes optimal voltage and form factor configurations for integration into medium- and heavy-duty buses and trucks without the need for voltage conversion packages. Within an IP-rated enclosure, Celerity features include an advanced cold-weather package, achieving system storage capability at -40 ˚C and system start-up at -10 ˚C. Celerity also includes reverse current protection and a fully integrated air delivery blower to deliver the optimum air flow for low-pressure stack operation.