Model for Improved fuel cell process control

A control mechanism, of vital importance

Fuel cell systems are currently actively studied for commercial stationary power generation, residential applications and transportation technologies. The transient behavior of a fuel cell system has an important influence on the operation and performance. The viability, efficiency, and robustness of this technology depend on understanding, predicting and controlling the unique transient behavior of the fuel cell system. As power is generated by the fuel cell, heat and water or other products are generated, whereas fuel and oxidant are consumed. To avoid membrane degradation and voltage loss during this transient, a control mechanism is of vital importance.

Solution: multilayered TSR Model

The Chemical Engineering Department (CHIS) of the VUB offers a new solution to answer this need: a multilayered Tank in Series Reactor (TSR) Model. Improved control of fuel cell processes is of concern to the complete fuel cell value chain. This model will aid fuel cell suppliers, process control engineers and fuel cell users to improve the products and performances of power generation fuel cells, and fuel cells for chemical production and electricity co-generation.

Competitive advantages

  • improved safety due to stable fuel cell operation
  • improved efficiency due to optimal process control
  • reduced membrane degradation

This know-how is available implemented in SIMILUNK or another interface, as a licensing opportunity.

Interested parties can contact

VUB TechTransfer
Hugo Loosvelt
[T]: +32 (0)2 629 38 65 or 22 07

Chemical Engineering - CHIS
Gert Desmet
Joeri Denayer

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