Experimental Implementation of PEM Fuel Cell Powered DC Motor for Vehicle Applications

Abdulrahman K Al-Othman, Nabil Nabil A. Ahmed, M. E. AlSharidah, K. M. El-Naggar, Bader N. Alajmi


Fuel cell based vehicles when compared with conventional vehicles are relatively more efficient in terms of energy conversion and dose not pose any threat to climate due to no emissions of hazardous gases. An implementation of closed loop speed control of a separately excited dc motor for vehicle applications using dSPACE DSP is proposed in this paper. The dc motor is fed by a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell through boost converter. Experimental verification has been carried out using dSPACE DS1103-based digital signal processor. The system robustness and transient response have also been studied under sudden load changes to prove feasibility.


Electric vehicles, boost converter, fuel cell, dSPACE.

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