“The object of the project is the creation of a new control unit for the management of hydrogen in gaseous form in storage and supply systems for “heavy” fuel cell vehicles.

The realization of the project has allowed the development of a prototype model composed of valves, sensors and control unit, which will be able to improve the difficult management of hydrogen gas on complex systems such as those of heavy vehicles (trucks specifically).

The project took place in 5 PHASES as follows:

Phase I: collection of high-level requirements of the case study. Complex phase, characterized by the need to define the minimum characteristics of a case study representative of the automotive reality of the sector. The product of the phase is a list of requirements tracked and classified using dedicated software

Phase II: identification of off-the-shelf hardware to support the prototype phase. Scouting of various suppliers based on technical requirements and compatibility of the supply with the project timeline. The result is the selection of an automotive-class HW + SW suite that offers ample margin for modification on the identified pre-requisites, and easy development of the subsequent phases.

Phase III: atomic definition of the system software requirements. In-depth analysis of Phase 1, to define the specifications at a level that allows implementation at a software level. The study envisaged a harmony with Phase 2, allowing to optimize the definition of the requirements based on the capabilities offered by the tool suite of the selected ECU solution.

Phase IV: Loop-based software development (incl. system modeling and simulation). Approach based on the iterative model for the development and testing of the software part (Agile Development). Extensive use of Model Based Design and Software-In-The-Loop techniques, with the support of specific technical software tools.

Phase V: ECU testing on a high pressure prototype bench. Creation of a high pressure bench with OMB components to test the designed solution. The tests were designed based on the requirements defined in Phase III, and to verify the correct simulation occurred in Phase IV.”

Thanks to this project, the company was able to expand its know-how on new topics and consolidate it in areas already covered, increasing the commercial potential of its product range.