The hydrogen and
fuel cell center
ZBT GmbH

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Dr. Ulrich Misz

Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Misz

head of
Department fuel cell systems

phone: +49-203-7598-3313
u.misz(at)zbt.de

Department fuel cell systems

Our goals are the simulation-supported development of fuel cell systems and the qualification of system components and materials as components for emission-free energy conversion systems in automotive and stationary applications.

The simulation of the fuel cell and the fuel cell system in suitable validated models enables us to analyse the behaviour of the system even at the limits, to design controllers, to consider variations of the system or to perform error investigations. The models can also be used for an initial dimensioning of a system.

Parallel to this, the topics of optimising the service lifetime and reducing the overall costs of fuel cell systems and components are dealt with by developing qualification methods and the flexible set-up of test stations. Here we combine our know-how in the field of system modelling with the operational management of component test rigs in order to be able to modulate real system environments during test tasks (hardware in the loop).

Examples of our work

Fuel cell system modelling
Test stations for system-related long-term investigations
In-situ characterization of materials for suitability in FC systems
BMWi project Ambition: Influence of air pollutants on humidifier materials

Our potential

We are a team of 11 employees. For our work we have an extensive infrastructure at our disposal, which allows us to carry out both the investigation of materials and individual components and to validate system tests in a realistic environment. In addition, life cycle topics can be addressed at special single cell test rigs with additional analytics.

  • System test benches
  • Flexible single-cell test stands
  • 2 x 3 test stations for system-related long-term investigations
  • in-situ characterization (i-V, EIS, CV, LSV, limiting current density) of fuel cell components and single cells
  • spatially resolved measurements
  • 3 simulation workstations (software: MATLAB/Simulink, Python, AVL Cruise-M, Octave)
  • Control unit development for fuel cell systems
  • Artificial neural networks (artificial intelligence) in the fuel cell environment
  • Software used: NI LabVIEW, NI Diadem, mySQL
  • CAD-supported test stand development
Last update:  31.03.2020