Integration of Fuel Cells in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)




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“INTEGRATION OF FUEL CELLS IN AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLES (AUVs)”

                                                                                               
By:

ANTONIO VILLALBA HERREROS, M.Sc. Naval Architecture, PhD Student

ESCUELA TÉCNICA SUPERIOR DE INGENIEROS NAVALES

UNIVERSIDAD POLITÉCNICA DE MADRID

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) have become an essential tool in the subaquatic world. Their development is focused in increasingly complex missions. But this development is blocked by an issue, their endurance. Conventional power plants of AUV’s consist of batteries, these power plants offer endurances below 40 hours that is not enough for the new missions these vehicles are intended for.

The present work investigates the utilization of fuel cells technology to address this problem. Fuel cells have been revealed as a good candidate to overcome the lack of endurance of AUVs thanks to the higher energy density of fuel cell systems compared to batteries. But there are still many challenges that need to be overcame. This investigation tries to shed light on several of these challenges, as for example: stack adaptation to a confined atmosphere, by-products handling or optimized arrangements. It is considered that fuel cells technology can give rise to the next generation of AUV´s.


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When:  May 15, 2018 from 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM (GMT)
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