Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2020

Hydrogen to electricity – A new generation of DC/DC converters

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Stefan Matlok (left) and Dr. Bernd Eckardt received the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize for developing a new generation of DC/DC converters.

©  Foto: Fraunhofer / Piotr Banczerowski
 

Winners of the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize 2020:
 

Dr. Bernd Eckardt and Stefan Matlok 
(Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB)

 

Hydrogen to electricity – A new generation of DC/DC converters  

Fuel cells play a key role in the transition to renewables in power and mobility. But the energy efficiency of these cells poses a major challenge, particularly in automotive engineering. The individual components need to be as light and small as possible, yet attain a high efficiency factor. One such component is the DC/DC converter that modulates the fuel cell’s voltage to suit the drive and controls the flow of energy. Conventional wisdom held that it would be impossible to develop a smaller yet more efficient converter. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB defied that convention, making the impossible possible by developing a new generation of DC/DC converters that meet precisely these requirements. This stride into the future has won the researchers the Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize.