DSP-controlled test set-up for the performance assessment of an autonomous power unit equipped with a PEM fuel cell

The paper describes a test set-up, based on the use of a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), developed for the evaluation of the operational characteristics of an autonomous Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). The considered APU includes a 4.8 kW commercial Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell and a set of electrochemical batteries. Both power sources are connected to a common AC bus through power electronic converters. The DSP-based test set-up is also conceived so to incorporate the basic functions of the APU energy management system. The paper also presents some experimental results, with particular reference to the assessment of the PEM fuel cell performances. © 2007 IEEE.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy, Conference code: 70432, Export Date: 25 April 2012, Source: Scopus, Art. No.: 4272427, Language of Original Document: English, Correspondence Address: Belvedere, B.; Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of BolognaItaly, References: Fuel Cell. Handbook (7th edition) (2004), US Department of Energy, EG&G Services Parsons, IncBagnoli, M., De Pascale, A., Performance Evaluation of a Small Size Cogenerative System Based on a PEM Fuel. Cell Stack (2005) GT2005-68451, Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo, , Reno-Tahoe, Nevada, USA, June 6-9; Brandon, N., Hart, D., (1999) An introduction to fuel, cell technology and economics, , Imperial College, London, UK, July; Gunes, M.B., Ellis, M.W., Evaluation of fuel cell, based combined heat and power systems for residential application (2001) Proc. of 2001 ASME IMECE, , New York, Nov. 11-16; Thring, R.H., (2004) Fuel Cells for Automotive Applications, , ASME Press, New York; Bostic, E., Sifer, N., DuBois, T., Bolton, C., Fuel Cell Systems for the American Warfighter (2004) Journal, of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 1 (1), pp. 1-72. , Nov; Pagano, M., Piegari, L., Electrical networks fed by fuelcells for uninterruptible electrical, supply (2002) Proc. of 2002 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics ISIE, , 26-29 May; Jiang, Z., Dougal, R.A., Design and testing of a fuel-cell powered battery charging station (2003) Journal of Power Sources, 115, pp. 279-287; Blackwelder, M.J., Dougal, R.A., Power coordination in a fuel, cell-battery hybrid power source using commercial power controller circuits (2004) Journal of Power Sources, 134, pp. 139-147; Suppes, G.J., Plug-in hybrid with fuel cell battery charger (2005) International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 30 (22), pp. 113-121; Jiang, Z., Dougal, R.A., A Compact Digitally Controlled Fuel Cell/Battery Hybrid Power Source (2006) IEEE Trans. on Industrial electronics, 53 (4), pp. 1094-1104. , June; Hua, C., Chuang, C., Huang, C., Design and Implementation of a PEMFC/Battery Hybrid Generation System with Bi-Directional Power Flow (2006) Proc. of 37th IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference PESC '06, , 18-22 June; Strauss, P., Engler, A., AC coupled PV hybrid systems and Microgrids - State of the Art and Future Trends (2003) 3rd World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, , Osaka, Japan, May; Bagnoli, M., Belvedere, B., Bianchi, M., Borghetti, A., De Pascale, A., Paolone, M., A feasibility study of an auxiliary power unit based on a PEM fuel cell for on-board applications (2006) Journal of fuel, cell science and technology, 3 (4), pp. 445-451; dSpace guide rev 4.2, dSPACE GmbH, Paderborn, German, 2005UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-35348856403&partnerID=40&md5=ef40d6a0530613ef5a4a89d92348df11

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