AST Working Group (ASTWG)
Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) is a key aspect of the durability assessment of fuel-cells, and AST Development for Heavy-Duty Fuel Cells is a major focus area in M2FCT.
To realize this goal more effectively and to accelerate the research output, M2FCT has formed an AST working group (ASTWG) with researchers from National Labs, Academia, and Industry to identify the areas of cooperation and collaboration. Our goal is to strengthen these interactions and expand efforts with researchers from international institutions to promote AST development for fuel cells in heavy-duty applications.
One of the most pressing technical challenges in fuel-cell research and development of HDVs is the greater demand for durability, with 4 to 5x improvements in lifetime to achieve the M2FCT goal of 1 million mile (1.6 million km). Overcoming this challenge requires not only the design and interrogation of robust materials for more durable cells, but also the durability protocol development and lifetime prediction models to guide the material and cell design. An essential ingredient of durability efforts for fuel-cells is the Accelerated Stress Testing (AST) for Heavy-Duty Fuel Cells, which is one of the focus areas and milestones in the M2FCT consortium.
To realize this goal more effectively and to accelerate the research output, M2FCT has formed an AST working group (ASTWG) with the following objectives and partners.
Define the 25,000-hour equivalent AST in the M2FCT 2025 Target
- Recommend protocols and targets related to the heavy-duty application of fuel cells
- ASTs for use in M2FCT for target evaluations (targets are End-of-Life)
- Accelerated Stress Tests (ASTs) to be developed
DOE & National Labs: LANL, LBNL, NREL, ANL, ORNL
Industry & Academia: 3M, Ballard, Carnegie Mellon, Chemours, Cummins, GM, Nikola, Plug Power, W.L. Gore
ASTWG meets every other month to discuss the current protocols and progress, seek input and feedback from Industry stakeholders and researchers in labs and academia.
We are also working with an International group with representation from the US, EU, Japan and Korea. Learn more...
Access the ASTWG Resources.