Engineering Solutions by Design News Talks General Motors Fuel Cells Taking to the Skies

Charlie Freese explains how General Motors has built its fuel cells into scalable modules for Leibherr-Aerospace's airliner auxiliary power units.

Dan Carney, Senior Editor

June 24, 2021

1 Min Read
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General Motors and Liebherr-Aerospace have signed a deal to create modular hydrogen fuel cells that can replace the traditional turbine-powered auxiliary power units located in the tails of airliners. These APUs provide electric power for the plane's systems when its engines aren't running. Charlie Freese, GM's executive director of Global Hydrotec, electrification, defense, and innovation has dialed in to the Engineering Solutions by Design News podcast to tell us how his team has managed to cram an entire fuel cell into the alotted space while also pointing out some unexpected benefits of replacing traditional APUs with hydrogen fuel cells.


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Dan Carney

Senior Editor, Design News

Dan’s coverage of the auto industry over three decades has taken him to the racetracks, automotive engineering centers, vehicle simulators, wind tunnels, and crash-test labs of the world.

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