PROJECT TITLE: Condition Monitoring of Fuel Cell Backup Power Systems
PhD period: 2018.01.01 - 2019.12.31.
Section: Power Electronic Systems
Research Programme: Efficient and Reliable Power Electronics
Supervisor: Stig Munk-Nielsen
Co-Supervisor: Maciej Swierczynski
Collaborator: Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S.
Funding: Department of Energy Technology, EUDP.
Backup power systems are essential to many industrial applications. One such application is the telecommunication industry, where system operation throughout grid outages is not only important for the availability of cellular and internet communication, but is also often required by law. The demand for high reliability and low maintainability in telecommunication backup power systems has made it one of the first applications where commercial fuel cells have gained real traction in the market. However, fuel cells remain a relatively new and untested technology. Especially knowledge of the degradation process during real field operation and during the dominant standby mode of backup systems is lacking.
Therefore, this project aims to study and develop the remote monitoring techniques of fuel cell backup power systems. Such remote monitoring will allow for the collection and analysis of data from systems that are operating under real conditions in the field. The gained knowledge will enable powerful tools such as fault detection, fault isolation, lifetime prognostics, and predictive maintenance.
Publications in journals and conference papers may be found at VBN.