"Despite current advances in PEM fuel cells based technologies, high costs, moderate reliability and reduced lifetime remain as major limitations. For this reason, together with the continuous improvement of materials and components, the incorporation of advanced control systems embodies a major technological challenge to address, in order to achieve cost reduction, performance improvement and efficiency optimization of these promising power generation systems. The outlook is clear in that that certain relevant features of PEM fuel cells based systems operation are closely related to their control. The activities proposed in this project strive for providing novel and practical responses to the actual requirement of efficiency and lifetime improvement of PEM fuel cells based generation systems. Special efforts will be focused on obtaining innovative and concrete results in the area of PEM fuel cells control oriented models, dynamic estimation of states and new operational variables and nonlinear control based on Higher Order Sliding Modes. Considerable work with new technologies of PEM fuel cells (such as high temperature and open cathode fuel cells) will be also addressed, as well as activities in the area of fuel cells integration into hybrid generation systems. All the proposed modelling, estimation and control tasks will be experimentally validated at the IRI’s Fuel Cells Laboratory."
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