Fuel Cell Powered Airport Ground Support Equipment GSE

Andreas Brinner, Head of Hardware Development and Prototype Assembly
DLR German Aerospace Center
Jun 29, 2011.


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Presentation Summary

  • DLRs newest developments of modular fuel cell systems and subsystem modules from industrial licensees.
  • Two modular system designs for air and water cooled operation have been developed in a power spectrum between 0,5 and about 5kW.
  • With vehicle examples (airport apron vehicle and baggage tractor) the system function will be explained in detail and advantages discussed.

Speaker Biography (Andreas Brinner)

Andreas Brinner, 53, is a Diploma engineer of electrical and mechanical engineering. He is a scientific employee and leader of the hardware development and prototype assembly group of the DLR Institute of Vehicle Concepts.
Work History:
January 1984 - Start of work at the Institute for Technical Physics of the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DFVLR) in Stuttgart in the Department for Solar Energy Research.
1984-1985 - DFVLR-member of the IEA-SSPS International Test and Evaluation Team in Almeria / Spain at the CRS test facility Calibration of thermal and flow sensor receiver equipment and performance of heat flux measurements with the HERMES 1 system.
1985 - Leader of the project part „Infrared Receiver Measurements" of the ASR High Flux Experiment at SSPS-CRS.
1986 - Change into the Department for Hydrogen Technologies of the
Institute of Technical Thermodynamics (ITT).
1986-1990 - Responsible project engineer of the HYOLAR program for the
design, assembly and operation of the 10 kW PV- Electrolysis System in Stuttgart. Between 1989 and 1990 participation in design, assembly and test of the heat flux measurement system HERMES 2 in Almeria.
1991-1995 - Leader of the HYSOLAR program part "350 kW PV-Electrolysis Hydrogen Production Facility" in Riyadh / Saudi Arabia.
1996-2002 - Leader of the ITT project group "Electrochemical System
2002 to present - Change into the Institute of Vehicle Concepts (IFK) and forming of the working group "Hardware Development and Prototype
Assembly". Development responsibility for conceptual and packaging design and hardware integration of fuel cells systems for mobile applications. Additional responsibility for the preparation and
conversion of electric test vehicles.
He has written 67 publications in the areas of solar thermal energy, photovoltaic-operated hydrogen electrolysis, PEFC fuel cell systems and fuel-cell operated vehicles. He has 15 applied and approved national and international patents.

Company Profile (DLR German Aerospace Center)

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DLR is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space with about 5100 employees. DLR's business fields are space, aeronautics, energy and traffic. In 2001 the Institute of Vehicle Concepts (IFK) has been founded in the DLR research center Stuttgart. The IFK handles and coordinates all research subjects related to traffic and transportation at the DLR location in Stuttgart. The institute is headed by professor Horst E. Friedrich. The activities at the institute contribute to the sustainable development of technological systems for future generations of road and railway vehicles. The main subjects covered at the IFK are: (1) alternative power trains and energy conversion, (2) fuel and energy storages, (3) lightweight and hybrid assembly methods and (4) innovative technological systems and technology evaluation. Since its establishment the IFK develops intensively in the research field of "Alternative Power Trains" in the frame of industrial cooperation projects on alternative drive trains (e.g. project HYLITE), on energy supplies for small industrial vehicles (e.g. project FTS / VFF) with two different fuel cell system concepts and in the area of advanced hydride storages. All those projects represent the institute's activities successfully in the public and in industry. The development of fuel cell operated small vehicles within the power range up to a few kilowatts has tradition in the IFK from the beginning on and is a separate development focus. The basis of these developments is a modularized concept of a simple low pressure PEFC system for hydrogen / air operation. Up to now various different vehicle demonstrators have been equipped and successfully operated with different development stages of this PEFC system concept. The use of industrially manufactured hydride storages is already standard with these systems. Therefore, the necessary accessory systems such as quick-coupler systems and simple refuelling devices were developed and realized together with industrial partners.
DLR will be exhibiting the Hotzenblitz car and Airport Ground Support Equipment