Jin Lei (Nathan) Shang BEng (Hons)

 Email:  JLS856@bham.ac.uk

Supervisors : Prof. Kevin Kendall & Dr Bruno G. Pollet

 

DTC Project - Hybrid Vehicles

 

Jin Lei Shang graduate from Coventry University with a first class degree in Automotive Engineering with a year industrial placement in Zhengzhou Nissan Auto. He is currently doing his PhD in the Fuel Cell Group, under supervision of Dr. Bruno Pollet, focusing on hydrogen powered vehicles. His project is to install and commission a new Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle for transportation in the UK.

The objectives are:-

  1. The Fuel Cell Stack Operations
  2. Vehicle Integration
  3. Vehicle Build to accommodate FC stack

The vehicle integration task would involve three main activities:

  • Vehicle modelling
  • Production of a one off prototype vehicle to validate the model
  • Iteration of the model and vehicle for optimisation

Climate change is the greatest environmental challenge facing the world today. Researches show 90% of greenhouse emissions which caused this change come from the combustion of fossil fuels. Climate change affects all of us - and I would like to be part of the solution with respect of automotive part.

In recent years, auto manufacturers attempt to find a substitute solution for existing internal combustion engine powered vehicle; concepts such as Electric Vehicles (EVs), Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEVs) and Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs) have become a production viable, every concept hold their own advantage and disadvantage regarding of cost, performance, reliability and environmental issue. The ideal concept should provide better fuel efficiency and performance, no damage to environment, cost competitive to purchase and operate than a conventional vehicle. The novel Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HFC-HEV) can be the most optimum solution.