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Heliocentris launches HyDrive Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Trainer

Germany-based Heliocentris has launched HyDrive – Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Trainer as part of its training systems product family. HyDrive—targeted at academic programs—provides students with a hands-on experiment set to examine the construction, functionality and benefits of fuel cell hybrid electric vehicles.

HyDrive. Click to enlarge.

HyDrive features:

  • A modular FCEV model that can be operated independently or in conjunction with a test bench;

  • Didactic software for wireless Bluetooth system control, energy flow visualization, drive mode simulation as well as data generation and analysis;

  • LabVIEW-based software and experiment guide. The software allows complete system control, drive mode simulations, different load profiles and drive cycles, as well as automatic and manual data acquisition, data analysis, graphing, and data export;

  • More than 20 experiments covering a variety of thematic blocks and real-life questions regarding the efficient set-up and use of FCEVs;

  • H2 filling station that uses an electrolyzer to generate hydrogen and demonstrates the principles of safe FCEV fuelling; and

  • Automatic set-up of different load profiles and drive cycles.

Although it is designed as a post-secondary education product, it has application as a high school STEM product and university STEM outreach product, the company sugests.

The curriculum package, combined with the software, has been designed for hands-on use of the HyDrive to give students ample opportunity learn key topics concerning hybrid electric vehicles.

Heliocentris specializes in autonomous energy supply and energy efficiency solutions with the aim of replacing diesel generators with “zero-emission” products. The company, which was founded in Berlin in 1995, develops and markets systems and turnkey solutions for customers in industry and science and has three business areas: Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy and Didactic.

The Didactic line of business has been offering a range of learning and research systems for fuel cell and solar hydrogen technology and other regenerative energy technologies for some 10 years.


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