Project Workshops

Two Workshops are planned to exchange the latest results and developments of the project: Mid-term exploitation workshop (December 16th, 2015); Final and exploitation workshop (July 4th, 2017). A joint workshop with the project ENDURANCE has been held on September 2015.

Final Dissemination and Exploitation Workshop – July 4th, 2017

One Day Workshop on Monitoring, Diagnostics and Control for FC

Jointly organized by FP7 & H2020 FCH-JU funded projects DIAMOND and HEALTH-CODE At European Fuel Cell Forum – 4th July, 2017 – KKL Lucerne (CH)

The workshop focused on the implementation and use of the technology beyond the project duration and summarised the progress towards the exploitation by industrial partners and potential customers.

The results achieved for DIAMOND-C and DIAMOND-A SOFC-based systems together with PEM-based µ-CHP and Backup systems were presented in a unique and comprehensive framework. Mid-term results achieved by HEALTH-CODE were showed and discussed as well.

The work of more that 30 scientists and engineers from 14 teams was presented aiming at drafting a coherent scenario for the effective development of monitoring, control and diagnostics methodologies able to improve performance and durability of fuel cells.

Presentations dealt with methodologies and applications for both SOFC and PEMFC. Control and diagnostic techniques were reviewed along with experimental and modeling techniques suited for their design and implementation on real FC systems. A wide range of Model-based and EIS-based approaches were described and together with their exploitation for fault detection in stack and BOP.

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Program (click on the title of each presentation to download the file)
09.00 – 09.10 | Diagnostics and Control for FC – motivations, challenges and main issues (C. Pianese – UNISA)
09.10 – 09.30 | Description of project DIAMOND (R. Makkus – HYG)
09.50 – 10.10 | Description of project HEALTH-CODE (C. Pianese – UNISA)
10.10 – 10.30 | EIS Characterization of O2-fed PEMFC under fault operations (M.C. Péra – UFC)
10.30 – 10.50 | Influence of operating and faulty conditions on the EIS spectra of PEMFC-based μ-CHP systems (S. Araya – AAU; P. Moçotéguy – EIFER)
10.50 – 11.10 | Scaling-up technique for PEMFC EIS, from single cell to stack (P. Polverino – UNISA)
11.10 – 11.30 | Operation results for DIAMOND advanced configuration, Standard control versus Advanced control (R. Makkus – HYG)
11.30 – 11.50 | Testing and validation of advanced control and diagnostics for SOFC – not quite business as usual (A. Pohjoranta – VTT)
11.50 – 12.10 | Model-based design of diagnostic tools for conventional and advanced SOFC systems (D. Marra – UNISA)
12.10 – 12.30 | Total Cost of Ownership reduction of fuel cell systems thanks to diagnosis and prognosis algorithms (T. Habermacher, H2SYS)
12.30 – 14.00 | Lunch Break
14.00 – 14.20 | Health-based control and optimisation of SOFC stack operation (Đ. Juričić – IJS)
14.20 – 14.40 | State-of-health estimation and prognosis of the remaining useful life in SOFC systems (B. Dolenc – IJS)
14.40 – 15.00 | EIS and soft computing techniques for the diagnosis of O2-feed PEMFC (M.C. Péra – UFC)
15.00 – 15.20 | Equivalent Circuit Model-based diagnosis of PEMFC via EIS (P. Polverino – UNISA)
15.20 – 16.00 | Hardware/software design for on-board fuel cell EIS (G. Petrone, W. Zamboni – UNISA; E. Bianconi – BIT)
16.00 – 16.20 | Advanced control, diagnostics and monitoring for SOFC, the industry perspective (S. Pofahl – AVL)
16.20 – 16.40 | Discussion among guests, partners, participants

Special contribution:
Yoed Tsur – Electroceramics and Nanotechnology Laboratory – TECHNION, Israel Institute of Technology
Impedance spectroscopy analysis using genetic programming (ISGP): a short tutorial / Video link

More than 40 attendants were hosted free of charge. Lunch, coffee and beverages were offered to all participants.

The Workshop was held in Lucerne (CH) at KKL premises the day before the European Fuel Cell Forum.

Below some pictures taken during the workshop.


health-code-logo_rvbHEALTH-CODE (Real operation pem fuel cells HEALTH-state monitoring and diagnosis based on dc-dc COnverter embeddeD Eis) is a FCH-JU funded project (2015-2018) aiming at implementing an advanced monitoring and diagnostic tool for μ-CHP and backup PEM fuel cell systems equipped with different stacks. Such a tool, thanks to the exploitation of EIS technique, is able to determine the FC current status (condition monitoring) to support stack failures detection and to infer on the residual useful lifetime.
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Mid-term exploitation Workshop – December 16th, 2015

Workshop on Monitoring, Diagnostics and Control for SOFC systems
Improving SOFC-based CHP performance through innovative diagnosis and control

Hosted by 2015 European Fuel Cell Conference & Exhibition – Hotel Royal Continental – Naples (I).

The event focused on the most recent advances and the current research on monitoring, diagnostics and control for SOFC systems. The objective of the workshop was to present the DIAMOND approach and the recent project results for CHP systems equipped with both conventional stacks and integrated modules. Download the flyer for more details. The exploitation potential and a comprehensive overview of the project achievements were offered to more than 45 attendees from industry, academia and research organizations (see the pictures).

An overview of the project was given with the results achieved at month 18 together with a review of the most recent research on degradation and instruments for monitoring, diagnostics and advanced control. Guests from industry and research brought their experience to help DIAMOND in steering its activity for further advancements towards the development of prognostics tools for SOFC lifetime estimation.

Program (click on the title of each presentation to download the file)
14.30 – 14.30 | Welcome (C. Pianese – UNISA)
14.30 – 14.50 | DIAMOND Project overview (R. Makkus – Hygear)
14.50 – 15.10 | Models for monitoring & diagnostics of SOFC (M. Sorrentino – UNISA)
15.10 – 15.30 | Supervisory control for SOFC (D. Vrecko – IJS)
15.30 – 15.50 | Evaluation of Total Harmonic Distorsion Approach for SOFC diagnostics (B. Morel – CEA)
15.50 – 16.10 | Coffee Break
16.10 – 16.30 | ENDURANCE Project overview (P. Piccardo – University of Genova)
16.30 – 16.50 | Benefits of advanced control, diagnostics and monitoring to enhance operations and market penetration of SOFC (K. Åström – Convion)
16.50 – 17.10 | Total Harmonic Distorsion Analysis-based diagnostics for PEMFC (S. Pofahl – AVL)
17.10 – 17.30 | EIS of PEMFC via pseudo-random binary sequence perturbations (Đ. Juricic – IJS)
17.30 – 17.50 | On-field EIS-based diagnostic tool for PEMFC (P. Polverino – UNISA)
17.50 – 18.30 | Discussion

More than 45 guests were hosted at the workshop. All workshop participants benefited of reduced EFC15 Conference fees (registration form).

The Workshop was held in Naples during the EFC15 (see conference site) at the Hotel Royal Continental: Location, Reach the Location, Travel Information.

Below some pictures taken during the workshop.

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Joint workshop – September 14th, 2015

Joint workshop on SOFC diagnostic Diamond & Endurance FCH-JU Projects Hosted by University of Genova (I).

The event focused on the activities of both DIAMOND and ENDURANCE projects whose objectives converge towards the improvement of SOFC performance and durability.

The agenda of the workshop can be downloaded here.