Title: Simulation of an electrical engine powered by fuel cell–solar energy hybrid system

Authors: Jehad Yamin, Mohammad Hamdan

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, University of Jordan, Amman 11942, Jordan. ' Faculty of Engineering, Al-Zaytoonah University, Amman 11733, Jordan

Abstract: Theoretical simulation has been carried out to find the performance of an electric engine using Advanced Vehicle Simulator (ADVISOR) software. The electric power necessary to operate the engine is supplied either using solar energy that has been converted into electrical energy and then stored in batteries, or using hydrogen fuel cells, which continuously produce electric power that is stored in the batteries. The results obtained under these two conditions were used to compare the performance of the engine. It was found that the engine had better performance when using hydrogen fuel cells than when it is driven by solar energy.

Keywords: alternative energy vehicles; vehicle simulation; hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; electric vehicles; fuel cells; solar energy; solar power.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEHV.2010.034983

International Journal of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, 2010 Vol.2 No.4, pp.308 - 314

Available online: 31 Aug 2010 *

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