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These tables list the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) technical targets for transportation fuel cell system humidifiers and air compression systems. These targets have been developed with input from the U.S. DRIVE Partnership, which includes automotive and energy companies, and specifically the Fuel Cell Technical Team. The guideline component targets are developed to assist component developers in evaluating progress without testing full systems.

More information about targets can be found in the Fuel Cells section of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office's Multi-Year Research, Development, and Demonstration Plan.

Technical Targets: Air Compression System for 80-kWe Transportation Fuel Cell Systems Operating on Direct Hydrogen

CharacteristicUnits2015 Status2020 Targets
Input power a at full flow b (with/without expander)kWe11.0/17.38/14
Combined motor and motor controller efficiency at full flow b%8090
Compressor/expander efficiency at full flow b%71/7375/80
Input power at 25% flow c (with/without expander)kWe2.3/3.31.0/2.0
Combined motor/motor controller efficiency at 25% flow c%5780
Compressor/expander efficiency at 25% flow c%62/6465/70
Input power at idle d (with/without expander)We600/765200/200
Combined motor/motor controller efficiency at idle d%3570
Compressor/expander efficiency at idle d%61/5960/60
Durability eh5,000
Number of start-up and shutdown cycles250,000
Turndown ratio (max/min flow rate)2020
Noise at maximum flowdBA at 1 m 65
Transient time for 10%–90% of maximum flows11
System volume fL1515
System weight fkg2215
System cost g$750 h500

a Electrical input power to motor controller when bench testing fully integrated system. Fully integrated system includes control system electronics, air filter, and any additional air flow that may be used for cooling.
b Compressor: 92 g/s flow rate, 2.5 bar (absolute) discharge pressure; 40°C, 25% RH inlet conditions. Expander: 88 g/s flow rate, 2.2 bar (absolute) inlet pressure, 70°C, 100% RH inlet conditions.
c Compressor: 23 g/s flow rate, minimum 1.5 bar (absolute) discharge pressure; 40°C, 25% RH inlet conditions. Expander: 23 g/s flow rate, 1.4 bar (absolute) inlet pressure, 70°C, 100% RH inlet conditions.
d Compressor: 4.6 g/s flow rate, minimum 1.2 bar (absolute) discharge pressure; 40°C, 25% RH inlet conditions. Expander: 4.6 g/s flow rate, < compressor discharge pressure, 70°C, 20% RH inlet conditions.
e Durability testing performed according to protocol in Table P.10.
f Weight and volume include the motor, motor controller.
g Cost target based on a manufacturing volume of 500,000 units per year.
h Includes cost of compressor, expander, and motor controller manufactured at a volume of 500,000 systems per year. DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Record 15015, "Fuel Cell System Cost—2015."

Technical Targets: Cathode Humidification System and Humidifier Membrane for 80-kWe Transportation Fuel Cell Systems Operating on Direct Hydrogen

CharacteristicUnits2015 Status a2020 Targets
Maximum operating temperature°C110–125>95
Maximum pressure differential between wet and dry sideskPa7575
Maximum pressure drop at full flow (each side)kPa<33.5
Water transfer at full flow bg s-17.4 at BOL, 5.5 after 5,000 h5
Durability ch5,0005,000
Maximum air leakage at full flow%0.50.5
VolumeL4.35
Weightkg2.75
Humidifier membrane water transfer flux at full flow bg min-1 cm-2>0.030.025
System cost d$81 e100
Membrane cost d$/m220 e10

a Gore final report DE-EE0000465, Materials and Modules for Low Cost, High Performance Fuel Cell Humidifiers, Feb. 2013.
b Dry air in: 3,000 SLPM dry gas flow, 183 kPa (absolute), 80°C, 0% RH. Wet air in: 2,600 SLPM dry gas flow, 160 kPa (absolute), 80°C, 85% RH.
c Durability testing performed according to protocol in Table P.11.
d Cost projected to high-volume production (500,000 80 kW systems per year).
e DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Record 15015, "Fuel Cell System Cost—2015."