Thermal modelling approach and model predictive control of a water-cooled PEM fuel cell system
Document typeConference report
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European Commisision's projectPUMA MIND - Physical bottom Up Multiscale Modelling for Automotive PEMFC Innovative performance and Durability optimization (EC-FP7-303419)
ACOFC - Advanced Controllers and Observers Development for Fuel Cell based Generation Systems (EC-FP7-293876)
In this paper, a modular thermal modelling approach for a water-cooled Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cell (PEM-FC) stack is proposed. The resultant model is based on the heat flux inside the stack and has been validated in a real test station. Then, a linear model predictive control (MPC) strategy for temperature regulation is designed and tested in simulation with promising results. The proposed MPC controller not only tackles the temperature regulation problem, but also incorporates necessary management constraints for the proper operation of the system in real conditions.
CitationRojas, J.; Ocampo-Martinez, C.A.; Kunusch, C. Thermal modelling approach and model predictive control of a water-cooled PEM fuel cell system. A: Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. "Proceedings of the IECON 2013 - 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society". Vienna: 2013, p. 3806-3811.