Stack-Test - Development of PEM Fuel Cell Stack Reference Teset Procedures for Industry

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM FC’s) are expected to play a significant role in the energy systems of the future. The technology is in the process of being introduced into a number of early markets. Several stakeholders representing the entire value chain from component

suppliers over stack integrators to system integrators and end users are engaged in this process. In the route from manufacturing to integrating and operating fuel cell systems, many interfaces are being established which require consistent and comparable data. The consistency and quality of the data are crucial for taking proper technical and commercial decisions.

The purpose of the Stack-Test project is to develop industry-wide harmonized test procedures for PEM FC stacks. The project will close the present gap between cell level testing and system level testing by establishing uniform test categories and generic test modules for testing performance, durability, environmental impact and safety of PEM FC stacks.

The test procedures are developed for stationary, portable and transportation applications. It is highly relevant for both the Danish PEM FC industry and the Danish society, as the technology can help balance the electricity grid and be part of the larger energy system, e.g. micro-CHP (combined heat and power), uninterruptable power supply (UPS) and hydrogen electric vehicles. The development of harmonized test procedures is essential for the commercialization of PEM FC products in large scale.

DTU is leading a work package on durability test procedures.

The project is supported by the European Commission's Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Programme (FCH JU) and
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