On Wednesday April 5th Drive Line Systems (DLS) and STE Solutions signed a partnership agreement for the realisation of a modular, migrateable and future-proof control concept for a zero emission test vehicle.
As a partner in the Green Transport Delta – Hydrogen (GTD-H) project, DLS is working on the development of modular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system for mobile heavy-duty vehicle applications. An electrical terminal tractor has been purchased for this purpose, which now has to be made suitable for the construction and integration of the innovative SOFC system.
DLS has entered into a strategic partnership with STE Solutions to realize and standardize the electric drive system and the overall vehicle control and integration. The aim of the collaboration is to standardize a completely flexible and modular control concept that meets the high requirements of the SOFC system. The desired flexibility (modularity, migratability and interchangeability of the software subroutines) is a condition for this, because the innovative development of the mobile SOFC concept has yet to take place and it is unknown what the process control and associated control consequences will be. So “invention” mobile SOFC and the test vehicle are developed and built parallel to each other in time. The SOFC specifications are drawn up on the job during the design process, tested and validated and only then made final.
DLS will ensure this flexibility, so that the test vehicle is ready when the first prototypes of the mobile SOFC are ready. The engineers from DLS and STE Solutions will then commission the prototype SOFC in the test vehicle.