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SUMMER School FCT2016



International Summer School on PEM Fuel Cell Systems

From Diagnostics to Fault Tolerant Control of PEM Fuel Cell Systems
04-08 July 2016, Belfort, France

The Labex ACTION, FCLAB and FEMTO-ST are organizing an international summer school on Diagnostics and Fault Tolerant Control of Fuel Cells from July 4th to July 8th, 2016 in Belfort, FRANCE.


Fuel cell systems’ (FCS) lifetime, reliability, and cost, remain principal hurdles to their large deployment on the market. In fact, fuel cells are complex systems where several phenomena occur at different scales. To ensure efficient and reliable operation with competitive lifetime span, they should be maintained in a narrow controlled range of operating conditions, blocking and mitigating the faulty operation modes that result in performance loss, system shutdown or even irreversible failure. Methods that allow increasing tolerance to faults and therefore increasing reliability and lifetime are needed.

Prognostics and Health Management, PHM is a new emerging research area. It is the process of using diagnostics and prognostics information in order to manage the use and maintenance of a system by providing adequate decisions either to mitigate, prevent or avoid catastrophic failures.

The results are therefore:
• to extend the lifetime of the system by avoiding irreversible failures,
• to increase the reliability of the FC system by preventing incidents,
• to increase the availability of the system, and
• to optimize the maintenance scheduling (reduce frequency and costs) by enabling the change from reactive or scheduled maintenance to proactive (predictive) one.

Enhancing FCS durability requires several steps including a better understanding of ageing/degradation phenomena, being able to emulate the behavior of the whole system regarding degradation and ageing so that faulty modes and future behaviors are identified and making the link with the controller in order to avoid faults and extend the lifetime.

Objectives of the summer school

The aim of this summer school is to provide a forum for researchers and industrials around the topics of degradation mechanisms, diagnostics, prognostics and control of Fuel Cell Systems, as well as aspects related to the social and economic challenges for a larger diffusion of Fuel Cell Systems.
Courses will combine academic lectures given by experts in the field and real case studies demonstrations with experimentations on PEMFC platforms.

The following topics will be addressed:
• Understanding degradation modes and ageing mechanisms in PEM fuel cells
• Characterization of the PEMFC system
• Diagnostics of FC
• Prognostics of Fuel cells
• Fault-Tolerant Control (FTC) of FC systems

Programme (please dowload the flyer here)

The detailed program is available, download here!


• Dr. Samir JEMEI, UFC France: Introduction to fuel cells technology.
• Dr. Ulf Groos, Fraunhofer ISE,  Germany: Fuel cells’ monitoring and characterization: from basics to more advanced
• Dr. Philippe Moçotéguy, EIFER, Germany: FC Degradation Mechanisms
• Dr. Felix Büchi, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland: Imaging as a diagnostic tool for PEFC – membrane degradation by pinholes.
• Dr. Marion Chandersis, CEA, France: PEM fuel cell degradation mechanisms: a multi-scale modelling approach to introduce lifetime estimation into the system.
• Pr. Daniel Hissel, UFC France : Diagnostics of fuel cells
• Pr. Nouredinne Zerhouni, ENSMM, France: Prognostics and Health Management of Fuel cells
• Dr. Federico Zenith, SINTEF, Norway: Control of fuel cells
• Pr. Brigitte Grondin-Perez, Université de la Réunion, France: Fault Tolerant control of PEMFCs
• Dr. Fabienne Picard, UTBM, France: socio-economic aspects, challenges for FC industrial deployment
• Dr. Nuno Bento, University Institute of Lisbon, Investment in the infrastructure for Hydrogen passenger cars : new hype or reality


Summer School Venue
The Summer School will be held at University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM):
UTBM, site de Belfort
Rue Ernst Thierry Mieg
90010 Belfort, France
Download campus map.

• As for accommodation, please consider downloadable list of hotels.
• For the Students’ rooms (9 m² room with individual bathroom), please download and fill-in the registration form here (french version here) and send it back by email to: pole-hebergement-nfc@crous-besancon.fr

Location: Belfort – France

The nearest airport is the Basel-Mulhouse airport (70km from Belfort).
• Regular trains exist between the Airport and Mulhouse Ville and between Mulhouse Ville and Belfort.
• Taxi can also connect the Airport to the city of Belfort (approximately 100€).

Belfort Tourisme

Crédits: Belfort Tourisme (Lion), Jean Becker (city)

Participants and registration

The school is open to students, researchers and industrials.
Registration fee (150 €) includes:
• Summer School facilities,
• Proceedings,
• Coffee breaks, daily lunches, excursion and gala dinner.

Possibilities of on-site payment and through order forms addressed at :
Direction de la valorisation SAIC
16 route de Gray
UFR Sciences et Techniques
BP CS 11809
25030 BESANCON CEDEX (France)

Daily lunches will take place at:

LE PILOTIS, Rue de l'Etang

Situated alongside the Bull lake just next to FCLAB, offering a nice view of the small lake.



Contact details

Scientific Program and administrative matters:
; argyro.karathanou@utbm.fr


  Organizing partners









Organizing committee


Nadia Yousfi Steiner (Labex-ACTION/FCLAB)
Argyro Karathanou (FCLAB)
Laurence Mary
Youcef Ait-Amirat
Elodie Pahon
Simon Morando
Raffaele Petrone
Zhongliang LI
Karine Diez
Etienne Dijoux
Yi Fang
Rania Mezzi
Amel Benmouna
Haitham Ramadan
Neigel Marx



Isabelle Christen
Sandrine Quarroz
Bruno Riccio
Sophie Granon

Claudia Laou-Huen
Sandrine Chatrenet

François Jouffroy
Julie Lucchina


If YES (9 m² room with individual bathroom), please fill-in the registration form (french version here) and send it back by email to: pole-hebergement-nfc@crous-besancon.fr

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