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Honeywell Gives a Boost to Making Hydrogen-Fueled Cars a Reality

The history of the internal combustion engine goes back more than 150 years, and, today, it is still the overwhelmingly dominant powertrain supporting global transportation needs. While this is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, Honeywell is continuing its six decade legacy as a transportation leader by helping auto makers develop advanced powertrain solutions that take advantage of electrification and alternative fuel sources.

Honeywell Gives a Boost to Making Hydrogen-Fueled Cars a Reality
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle
Honeywell has developed a new two-stage electrical compressor for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to solve for increasing energy efficiency needs without sacrificing vehicle performance. This breakthrough technology was critical to helping Honda Motor Company launch its hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle earlier this year.

Increasingly stringent CO2 emission regulations and the need to reduce dependency on fossil fuels are quickly creating demand for alternate sources of energy. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are one alternative for providing sustainable, zero-emissions transportation.

Honeywell Gives a Boost to Making Hydrogen-Fueled Cars a Reality
Fuel Cell Compressor
The new compressor represents a fusion of Honeywell Aerospace and automotive competencies offered at a lower cost structure and quality level that matches the needs of the automotive industry. Its design is an example of how Honeywell is integrating a new era of electric products with traditional mechanical applications.

“We have been developing electric products for more than a decade as the industry’s attention has turned to reducing emissions and finding the commercial and regulatory value in technologies enabling those efforts,” said Honeywell Transportation Systems Chief Technology Officer Craig Balis. “I fully expect Honeywell’s technology portfolio supporting our transportation, aerospace and automotive software disciplines will play a key role in traditional and advanced powertrain development in the years ahead.”

Honeywell’s contributions addressed several key areas including the need for a smaller size compressor allowing Honda to offer a true five-passenger sedan as the overall size of the fuel cell stack is comparable to that of a V-6 engine. Honeywell also adapted sophisticated aerospace technology to introduce air foil bearings which are cooled by the machine’s own compressed air eliminating the potential for poisoning the fuel cell with any oils or greases and helping ensure zero emissions.

Honda recently announced the Clarity Fuel Cell will feature an anticipated U.S. EPA driving range exceeding 300 miles and a refueling time of about three to five minutes.

Read the full press release.

Mike Stoller
Garrett Motion
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