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System Automation of PEMFCs with Prognostics and Health management for Improved Reliability and Economy

Objective

The SAPPHIRE project will develop an integrated prognostics and health management system (PHM) including a health-adaptive controller to extend the lifetime and increase the reliability of heat and power-producing systems based on low-temperature proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (LT-PEMFC).
The PHM system can actively track the current health and degradation state of the fuel-cell system, and through the health-adaptive control counteract the degradation of cells and balance of plant, and thereby boost the lifetime of the controlled system beyond the current lifetime expectancy. An important part of project is to develop novel prognostics approaches implemented in the PHM for estimation of the remaining useful life (RUL) of the PEMFC.
An efficient sensor configuration for control will be chosen using controllability analysis methods, also including indirect sensing/estimation techniques to replace expensive measurement principles. Based on sensor inputs and input from the control system, the PHM algorithms identify the probable failure modes trajectories and estimate the remaining useful life. The consortium’s competence ranges from first principles estimation, to signal processing, regression and data-driven techniques, such as neural
networks. This ensures an efficient choice of methods.
The project covers a full cycle of research activities, from requirement specification and laboratory experiments, through study of degradation phenomena and selection of prognostic methods, to synthesis of the control system and its testing on the target PEMFC system. A technical-economical analysis will be performed in order to assess the impact of the developed tool in terms of lifetime improvement.
The project is expected to produce hardware and software solutions and have a significant scientific output. The implemented solutions resulting from the project will be tested and validated by the research and industrial partners.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computational intelligence
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 378 956,40
Administrative Contact
Zenith Federico (Dr.)

Participants (5)

EIFER EUROPAISCHES INSTITUT FUR ENERGIEFORSCHUNG EDF KIT EWIV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 187 518,60
Address
Emmy Noether Strasse 11
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Nadia Steiner (Dr.)
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DE MECANIQUE ET DES MICROTECHNIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 378 939,20
Address
Chemin De L Epitaphe 26
25030 Besancon Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rafael Gouriveau (Dr.)
SVEUCILISTE U SPLITU, FAKULTET ELEKTROTEHNIKE, STROJARSTVA I BRODOGRADNJE
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 136 141,20
Address
Ulica Rudjera Boskovica 32
21000 Split
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Frano Barbir (Prof.)
ZENTRUM FUR SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG BADEN-WURTTEMBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 316 198
Address
Meitnerstrasse 1
70563 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joachim Scholta (Dr.)
BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 347 387,20
Address
Majsmarken 1
9500 Hobro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nina Caroline Hjorth (Ms.)