Fuel cell based mobility for environmentally friendly vehicles and aircraft


Motivation and approach

The constantly increasing transport of goods and people pollutes the climate and the health of the population in North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) with vehicle emissions. The use of hydrogen fuel cells can make a positive contribution both to environmentally friendly mobility and logistics and to the supply of regenerative energy (sector coupling). However, there are currently no hydrogen-based complete vehicle concepts for series use in passenger cars. Furthermore, the power densities are still too low for demanding mobility applications such as flying. In addition, there is no manufacturing process for fuel cells in large quantities, which means that system costs are too high for high market penetration.

Research goal

The FlyGo project develops coherent concepts for series application in passenger cars, increasing power densities and cost-effective production. For the first time in the FlyGo project, a battery-powered electric series vehicle from NRW will be equipped with a fuel cell range extender to improve the range and overall energy balance. Both the integrability as well as production requirements and vehicle characteristics are investigated. Not the single system Rang Extender is considered, but a mobility concept of the future for NRW is developed on the basis of a complete vehicle. In combination, a new fuel cell concept for high power densities will be developed based on microfluidics and a methanol electrolyzer. Based on this, mobility concepts for environmentally friendly, electrified short-haul aircraft or drones will be developed, with which on the one hand further regions can be connected to air traffic and on the other hand the traffic load on roads can be reduced. In order to create the basis for the economical production of fuel cells for both applications, the FlyGo project is also developing a consistent concept for the mass production of fuel cells in NRW. An interdisciplinary consortium from NRW will use these contents to create the conditions for hydrogen-based mobility and logistics. This is expected to create a high added value for environmentally friendly mobility and logistics, climate protection and NRW as a business location.

Research and project partner

  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionstechnik IPT
  • KCS Europe GmbH
  • PSL Technik GmbH
  • Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik ZBT GmbH


This project is funded by the European Union and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.



15.10.2018 - 14.10.2021

Project number

ML-2-1-025A / EFRE-0801215

Project sponsor

Projektträger Jülich (PtJ) | Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH



Ulrich Dehof