Cost reduction (as well as efficiency improvement) and increase of reliability are the most important tasks to prepare PEM-FC for the industrial usage in large quantities. This project
will elaborate optimal operation-strategies using a close combination of simulation (CFD) and experimental analysis (spaced impedance spectroscopy and signal analysis). This will lead to the optimal usage of fuel cell stacks. The proposed solution comprises the integration of 3D-CFD degradation models, the experimental acquisition of critical status across the cell space, a real-time data acquisition and signal analysis (based on AVL THDA technology) and a correlation of results from simulation and experiment.