Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems are electrochemical energy conversion devices characterized by the use of solid oxide as the electrolyte. They operate at high temperatures (between 800± ¡ 1000±C). Mitigating fuel starvation and improving load-following capability of SOFCs are conflicting control objectives. In this thesis, this issue is addressed using a hybrid SOFC ultra-capacitor configuration. The fuel cell is controlled by incorporating a steady-state property of fuel utilization into an input-shaping framework. Two comprehensive control strategies are developed. The first is a Lyapunov-based nonlinear control and the second is a standard H-infinity robust control. Both strategies additionally control the state of charge (SOC) of the ultra-capacitor that provides transient power compensation. A hardware-in-the-loop test-stand is developed where the proposed control strategies are verified. An investigation to improve the hybrid fuel cell system by incorporating a lithium-ion battery as an additional power source is conducted. Combining both battery and ultra-capacitor with a fuel cell is potentially a winning combination especially for high power applications. A novel SOC estimation method for lithium-ion battery is investigated. Based on the combined ultra-capacitor battery hybrid system, a lyapunov-Based nonlinear control strategy is designed.
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Solid oxide fuel cells--Design and construction
Allag, Tahar, "Robust control strategies for hybrid solid oxide fuel cell systems" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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