Hydrogen tank system for 24-hour race

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The first hydrogen car in the 24-hour race: with the H2 tank system control unit by AKKA Digital

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The Aston Martin Rapide S was the first hydrogen hybrid in the 24-hour Le Mans race - and proves its reliability and safety. The 560 HP racing car drives 40 kilometres at 255 km/h over the Nürburgring before changing back to petrol mode. A hydrogen hybrid system, which AKKA Digital – formerly GIGATRONIK – significantly participated in, is responsible for this success. AKKA Digital developed an H2 control device which takes over the operation of the hydrogen tanks and monitors the safety of the entire system. The control device is a derivate of the proven GIGABOX target platform which was conceived for rapid and flexible use in prototypes (“Rapid Prototyping”). The safety concept and the technical implementation of the hydrogen system have been tested by the German Technical Inspection Association TÜV SÜD. 

Project Content

  • Development of the H2 tank system control unit based on the GIGABOX target
  • Hardware adaptation of the GIGABOX target
  • Firmware development for controlling the whole tank and safety system
  • Testing, safeguarding and implementation of the control unit in the racing vehicle
  • Commissioning of the entire system including testing the safety concept

Project Steps

Development of the control algorithm and the firmware for the H2 tank system

Hardware adaptation of the GIGABOX target

Integration into the vehicle and testing of the safety concept


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