Rachel MacNeill

Rachel MacNeill


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PhD: Performance Analysis and Control of a Fuel Cell Electric Bus Powertrain

The UK transport sector is responsible for the release of 3.2 million tonnes of CO2 every year. It has become clear that there isn't one "Silver Bullet" technology that can meet Zero Emission targets as well as the current demands of the transport sector.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology is gaining interest as an alternative to Battery Electric vehicles in scenarios where access to charging is limited or the vehicle is required to undergo long drive cycles. However, literature surrounding the optimisation and energy management of FC powertrains is limited, particularly with regards to fuel cell buses.

This project aims to understand the way in which fuel cell electric buses behave across a range of operating environments, how systems such as the fuel cell and battery interact during representative drive cycles, and how the performance of the vehicle may change across its lifespan.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Zero Emission
  • Public Transport
  • Powertrain Topology


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