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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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO

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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)

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EIFER EUROPAISCHES INSTITUT FUR ENERGIEFORSCHUNG EDF KIT EWIV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 197 025

UNIVERSITE DE FRANCHE-COMTE

France

EU Contribution

€ 232 145

BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 200 972

CIRTEM

France

EU Contribution

€ 77 729

BITRON SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 117 295

INNO TSD

France

EU Contribution

€ 82 845

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 256673

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2011

  • End date

    31 May 2014

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 215 767,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 173 818

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI SALERNO

Italy