Modeling, control, and power quality evaluation of a PEM fuel cell-based power supply system for residential use


IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, vol.42, no.6, pp.1582-1589, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/tia.2006.882661
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1582-1589


The use of fuel-cell (FC)-based power generation systems is expected to become more widespread in the near future due to better power quality, reliability, portability, and ecological constraints. The use of FC technology for electricity and heat generation for residential applications generated tremendous interest. Proton exchange membrane FCs (PEMFCs) are attractive for residential use due to its low operating temperature and fast startup characteristics. This paper focuses on the modeling, control (voltage and active power control), and simulation of PEMFC-based power supply system for residential applications. A proportional-integral (PI)-type voltage and real power controller is usually implemented by controlling the fuel input into FC stack and adjusting the inverter modulation index. Furthermore, power-quality issues are evaluated based on the transformer connection type and harmonic content of the load for household appliances. Detailed simulation software has been developed using the Matlab software package. The topology, chosen for the simulation consists of a 5-kW PEMFC, a single-stage-voltage-sourced pulsewidth-modulation inverter followed by an LC filter and a step-up transformer. The simulation results illustrate that the voltage at the load point and active power demand versus load variations can be achieved using the PI controller. The control parameters used involves inverter modulation index and phase angle. The power-quality evaluation confirms that the bus voltage harmonics meet the IEEE-519 requirements for all home appliances, which are modeled based on real measured values. However, system voltage and current harmonics can be affected either by the harmonic contents of load current or supply voltage overlap at resonance frequency.