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)

This workshop will focus on the implementation and use of the technology beyond the project duration. Its objective is to exploit the technology in commercial means after the project ends. The workshop will summarize the progress towards the exploitation by industrial partners and potential customers. Mid-term results achieved by HEALTH-CODE will be shown and discussed as well. The work of more that 30 scientists and engineers from 14 teams will be 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 will deal with methodologies and applications for both SOFC and PEMFC. Control and diagnostic techniques will be 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 will be described and together with their exploitation for fault detection in stack and BOP.

The results achieved for DIAMOND-C and DIAMOND-A SOFC-based systems together with PEM-based µ-CHP and Backup systems will be presented in a unique and comprehensive framework.

Download the flyer

Program (Final)

9.00 – 9.10 Welcome
9.10 – 9.30 Diagnostics and Control for FC – motivations, challenges and main issues C. Pianese, UNISA
9.30 – 9.50 Description of project DIAMOND R. Makkus, HYG
9.50 – 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 S. Faivre, 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 Industry representative TBC
16.20 – 16.40 Discussion among guests, partners, participants


Up to 100 attendants will be hosted free of charge. Lunch, coffee and beverages will be offered to all participants.

For registration click here.

The Workshop will be held in Lucerne (CH) at KKL premises the day before the European Fuel Cell Forum. For hotel booking you may refer to the Forum website. Main train connections from/to Swiss Airports are available at the Swiss Federal Railway booking systems.

For useful information visit  or send an e-mail to

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.


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 – University of Salerno)
14.30 – 14.50 – DIAMOND Project overview (R. Makkus – Hygear)
14.50 – 15.10 – Models for monitoring & diagnostics of SOFC (M. Sorrentino – University of Salerno)
15.10 – 15.30 – Supervisory control for SOFC (D. Vrecko – Institute Jožef Stefan)
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 -Institute Jožef Stefan)
17.30 – 17.50 – On-field EIS-based diagnostic tool for PEMFC (P. Polverino – University of Salerno)
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.

IMG_6398 IMG_6460
IMG_6398 IMG_6460
IMG_6384 IMG_6430
IMG_6446 IMG_6483
IMG_6501 IMG_6494
IMG_6516 IMG_6425
IMG_6525 IMG_6510



Joint workshop – September 14th, 2015
Joint workshop on SOFC diagnostic Diamond & Endurance FCH-JU ProjectsHosted 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. The presentations will be available soon.