Modine’s new cooling system for fuel cells

By Mike Brezonick25 April 2023

Modine Manufacturing Co. has announced the launch of the EVantage Fuel Cell Stack Cooling Package (FC-SCP). Joining the company’s EVantage family of products, the FC-SCP is purpose-built to meet the needs and low conductivity requirements of commercial fuel cell applications.

Modine FC-SCP Modine’s EVantage Fuel Cell Stack Cooling Package (FC-SCP) incorporates an electronically controlled fan module. (Photo: Modine)

The EVantage FC-SCP employs Modine’s patented technology to maintain optimal temperature levels while minimizing power draw in fuel cell propulsion systems. The system incorporates:

- Proprietary heat exchanger and manufacturing technologies that Modine said delivers a flux-free heat exchanger, specialty-tested to meet stringent fuel cell coolant loop conductivity requirements.

- A proprietary predictive cooling process using an intelligent algorithm designed to predict and minimize temperature swings at the fuel cell stack, extending vehicle range while maximizing longevity.

- A waste heat recovery system with an all-aluminum coolant-to-coolant heat exchanger for cabin heating to save on power draw.

“Modine is dedicated to increasing the performance, durability, and longevity of this new generation of zero-emissions vehicles (ZEV), and the new Fuel Cell Stack Cooling Package is no different,” said Gina Maria Bonini, vice president and general manager, Advanced Thermal Systems at Modine. “We designed the FC-SCP as a complete, plug-and-play system for rapid integration into fuel cell vehicle chassis so our customers can quickly bring their new platforms to market. As with all of our EVantage products, we support our customers as they design, integrate, and optimize our solutions because Modine is invested in our customers’ success.”

Modine FC-SCP diagram Using high-voltage electric fans for predictive passive cooling, the FC-SCP uses heat exchanger technology designed to meet fuel cell conductivity requirements and recovers waste heat from the fuel cell stack to warm the vehicle’s cabin. (Photo: Modine)

The Fuel Cell Stack Cooling Package is the latest in a line of EVantage product launches from Modine engineered to meet the thermal requirements of commercial ZEVs. Like previous EVantage products, the FC-SCP provides all components necessary for vehicle integration – including heat exchangers, an energy-efficient, high-voltage fan array, a wiring harness, and a master controller with tailored firmware – to provide complete operation upon delivery.

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