With the shift towards sustainable usage of resources globally, alternative powertrain solutions have and will continue to be an important topic for the transportation industry. Moving from gasoline and diesel powered combustion engines towards electric motors will require new sources of energy. One of the possibilities is utilizing the chemical potential for fuel cell technology. This concept, along with other new technologies, is experiencing an increase in popularity and visibility in the market. With first fuel cell powered concept cars presented some years ago, a broader introduction of this technology seems imminent.
Similar to the established ones, new powertrain technologies, just like the conventional technologies, will depend on an effective cooling system to ensure their efficient performance. Fuel cells are based on the concept of creating electric power by converting the chemical energy of hydrogen-rich fuels. While fully electric vehicles are dependent on their battery, the fuel cell can generate electricity for as long as there is a supply of “fuel” to convert into electric energy. Depending on the specific type of fuel cell, for example, hydrogen, carbon monoxide or other chemistries can serve as source of energy. Considering there is no combustion in the fuel cell concept, virtually no harmful emissions are generated and the carbon footprint is very low. Nevertheless, the various fuel cell concepts also generate heat which must be properly controlled. This represents significant new challenges towards the ideal coolant.
Being a committed development partner to the automotive industry, BASF has developed a special fuel cell coolant to support the current advancements in alternative engine technologies. Glysantin® FC G20 provides the renowned triple protection against corrosion, overheating and frost for fuel cell cooling systems. The coolant shows extremely low electrical conductivity and therefore can be used with ion exchange resins in the cooling system. As an innovative solution provider, BASF will continue to support emerging technologies of the industry.
“We aspire to be a leading solution provider – both, today and in the future. This entails our ambition and drive to provide and enable sustainable solutions to fulfil the emerging trends in the transportation industry,” explains Mia Pettersson, Head of Global Marketing and Product Development Automotive Fluids, BASF SE. “Glysantin® FC G20 is our current offer when it comes to providing the right cooling and protection for fuel cell cooling systems. Beyond that, we are also exploring potentials in the cooling systems of additional alternative powertrain technologies.”