Hyfindr Tech Talk # 3 – Electric Motor Controllers & Fuel Cell Inverters explained

Tech Talk - Fuel Cell Inverters - Hydrogen Technology Explained

In this tech talk, Steven interviews Jon Duroudier, an expert in mechanical engineering and the founder of ePowerlabs. Jon discusses the traction fuel cell inverters developed by his company, which are used in both electric and hydrogen vehicles. These inverters are a key component in the powertrain of a vehicle, as they control the AC motors that drive the wheels. The inverter receive power from a vehicle’s battery or fuel cell, which is delivered to the inverter by a DC bus. The energy from the DC bus is then converted by the inverter into AC power and sent to the motor, allowing it to function properly, ensuring the highest efficiency, performance and robustness.

Learn about Electric Motor Controllers & Fuel Cell Inverters

The energy from the DC bus is then converted by the inverter into AC power and sent to the motor, allowing it to function properly, ensuring the highest efficiency, performance and robustness.

The inverters developed by ePowerlabs are specifically designed for powertrains and have a nominal power from 60kW to 150 kW, and in following months a high power inverter family up to 300kW will be presented. They are an important part of the growing hydrogen economy, as they allow for the efficient and effective use of hydrogen as a fuel source in vehicles. Jon also explains the differences between traction inverters and other inverters used in fuel cell systems, highlighting the unique challenges and requirements for each type.

Overall, the goal of ePowerlabs is to support the development of innovative technologies and bring them to market, contributing to the growth and success of the hydrogen economy. As Jon mentions in the tech talk, the use of hydrogen as a fuel source has the potential to significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By developing and producing high-quality inverters, ePowerlabs is playing a key role in advancing the use of hydrogen in transportation and helping to drive the transition to a more sustainable future.

Jon Duroudier also discusses the importance of inverters in electric and hydrogen vehicles, and the role that his company plays in developing and producing high-quality inverters. The inverters developed by the company are compact and can be configured with different cooling systems to meet the needs of vehicle integrators. They are designed with input from the automotive industry and feature a quick release system for cable integration, which helps to avoid hot spots and makes the mounting process user-friendly.

In addition to providing support for calibration and diagnostics, the company is also testing a system that allows for remote monitoring and diagnostics of the inverters through the cloud. This information can be useful for fleet operators to understand how the vehicles are being used and to make any necessary adjustments. Overall, the goal of the company is to make the integration of inverters as easy as possible for vehicle integrators and to provide support throughout the entire process.

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