Impact of load management on reliability assessment of grid independent PEM Fuel Cell Power Plants


JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, vol.157, no.1, pp.401-410, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 157 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2005.06.040
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES
  • Page Numbers: pp.401-410


In this paper, operating benefits from demand-side load management are evaluated for a Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell Power Plant (FCPP). For reliability modeling and evaluation of the PEM FCPP, a state-space generation model for a stand-alone PEM fuel cell that calculates the system availability and the expected energy not supplied (EENS) index has been developed. A systematic technique and detailed computer simulation software for a stand-alone PEM fuel cell station reliability assessment have been built. The suggested technique can be used for practical engineering applications to provide information for stand-alone FC generating station planning, design, and operation. The simulation results are obtained using the MATLAB software for a 5 kW stand-alone PEM fuel cell that supplies a typical residential house. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.