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DC/DC COnverter-based Diagnostics for PEM systems

Objective

The D-CODE project aims at developing and implementing on-line electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to have direct and meaningful information on the system status. EIS has been proven to be an effective diagnostic tool for laboratory tests. It will be implemented on-board thanks to a new DC/DC converter conceived by the D-CODE’s partners. The new hardware will be developed together with dedicated power electronics functions that will enable the measurement of the impedance spectrum. Dedicated on-line diagnosis algorithms will be implemented according to different approaches to effectively monitor faults or degradation mechanisms. Two stationary PEM fuel cell applications will be considered, namely low temperature power backup and high temperature CHP, these two configurations cover all the potential stationary use of PEM fuel cell systems. Extensive testing will be performed to validate the diagnostic strategies and evaluate their effectiveness in improving control actions aimed at optimizing operating conditions and increasing lifetime. The D-CODE diagnostic concept relies on the combination of power electronics hardware and diagnostic algorithms, whose functions can be easily extended to other applications of PEM fuel cell systems and, in perspective, to all FC technologies as well.

The D-CODE project’s outcomes are expected to improve management and operational capabilities of both low and high temperature PEM fuel cells, to enhance monitoring capabilities, increase maintenance time with higher MTBF and reduce degradation rate. These achievements are crucial and will foster the deployment of PEM fuel cells for on field use. The D-CODE project gathers together a group of research institutions and industries whose skills guarantee the required knowledge to convey the project from the EIS concept to its on-field implementation.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO
Address
Via Giovanni Paolo Ii 132
84084 Fisciano Sa
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 265 807
Administrative Contact
Cesare Pianese (Prof.)

Participants (6)

EIFER EUROPAISCHES INSTITUT FUR ENERGIEFORSCHUNG EDF KIT EWIV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 197 025
Address
Emmy Noether Strasse 11
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
August Guenter (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE
France
EU contribution
€ 232 145
Address
1 Rue Claude Goudimel
25000 Besancon
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pauline Fournier (Ms.)
BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 200 972
Address
Majsmarken 1
9500 Hobro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Balslev (Dr.)
CIRTEM
France
EU contribution
€ 77 729
Address
Voie L'accitane - Batiment La Pointe Bleue 20
31319 Labege Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christian Saubion (Mr.)
BITRON SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 117 295
Address
Corso Principe Oddone 18
10122 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin John Williams (Mr.)
INNO TSD
France
EU contribution
€ 82 845
Address
Place Joseph Bermond Ophira I
06560 Sophia Antipolis Valbonne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Philippe Delearde (Mr.)