On the left the logo of the Future Cluster Hydrogen and on the right the pictogram of a fuel cell. Copyright: © RWTH Aachen | CMP

A major obstacle for the widespread use of fuel cell systems are the high system cost and short lifespan. As a part of the “Zukunfscluster ‘Wasserstoff’” (Clusters4Future “Hydrogen”), the project “HyInnoPEM” examines the cost, efficiency, dynamics and lifespan of trendsetting proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems, and stands alongside powerful partner projects in order to examine the generation, distribution and use of hydrogen technologies.

Within the scope of the „HyInnoPEM“ project, models of a fuel cell system are to be created on the basis of generated measurement data. The focus of the simulative investigation is the dynamic and modeling of aging effects. The extensive analysis of aging-effects shall identify critical operating models and vulnerable components, to enable predictive maintenance strategies.

Through model reduction, a real time system model should enable the implementation of a model-predictive control. Using this control algorithms, specific control interventions shall extend the lifespan of the fuel cell system while maintaining the dynamic. Finally, the project results will be examined and evaluated with regard to the transferability and the “Total Cost of Ownership”.

Overall, the project contributes to an efficient future use of PEM fuel cell systems in a variety of different mobile and stationary applications.


Mobile drives with advanced fuel cell systems - condition monitoring and robust control taking degradation into account

Acronym HyInnoPEM

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Term 10/2021 – 09/2024