Dr. René van Doorn has a mission. He wants to help the fuel cell drive to be widely used in series production. His mission is born out of conviction:
Oil resources are finite and the realization of comprehensive mobility just with battery technology alone is hardly possible. I am convinced that fuel cell technology is the only way to complement purely electric drivetrains
He was born with an aptitude for chemistry and technology: Already in his childhood, René had been concerned with chemical and physical processes while his peers were still playing with Lego.
“As a little boy, I always liked soda mixed with acetic acid. This foams very strongly and hisses. Like a small volcanic eruption”, he says and laughs.
Core competence system integration
It can be used to calculate all dependencies within the vehicle such as fuel consumption, acceleration, range, rolling resistance, speeds, threshold operating conditions and temperatures. “These findings help Audi to make the fuel cell drive fit for series production”, says René. “Ranges of up to 600 kilometers can be achieved, there is a very high degree of efficiency in the overall system, and all that’s left is mainly steam.” Most importantly, PSW achieves a holistic understanding of the technology through simulation. This understanding forms the basis for further development of expertise in the field.
Setting the course for the future
Furthermore, PSW deals with the issue of legal compliance: “There are hundreds of laws and regulations on the subject of high-voltage and hydrogen safety, which are relevant for the approval of a fuel cell vehicle”, says René. “Depending on the country, the laws are different, so you have to work out country-specific safety concepts.” The same applies to the operational safety of hydrogen. Again, there are numerous requirements and laws. For example, an EU regulation states that emissions may not exceed four percent hydrogen. In China, however, it is three percent.