© 2004

Control of Fuel Cell Power Systems

Principles, Modeling, Analysis and Feedback Design

  • Shows the reader the latest research in the control of fuel cell technology, this will contribute to the commercial viability of the technology

  • The authors’ background in automotive technology gives the work presented in this book added authority in a key sector in which fuel cell research is a vital part of future planning


Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Jay T. Pukrushpan, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Huei Peng
    Pages 1-13
  3. Jay T. Pukrushpan, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Huei Peng
    Pages 15-29
  4. Jay T. Pukrushpan, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Huei Peng
    Pages 31-56
  5. Jay T. Pukrushpan, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Huei Peng
    Pages 57-64
  6. Jay T. Pukrushpan, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Huei Peng
    Pages 65-90
  7. Jay T. Pukrushpan, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Huei Peng
    Pages 91-112
  8. Jay T. Pukrushpan, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Huei Peng
    Pages 113-138
  9. Jay T. Pukrushpan, Anna G. Stefanopoulou, Huei Peng
    Pages 139-144
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 145-161

About this book


The problem of greenhouse gas (particularly carbon dioxide) release during power generation in fixed and mobile systems is widely acknowledged. Fuel cells are electrochemical devices offering clean and efficient energy production by the direct conversion of gaseous fuel into electricity. As such, they are under active study for commercial stationary power generation, residential applications and in transportation. The control of fuel cell systems under a variety of environmental conditions and over a wide operating range is a crucial factor in making them viable for extensive use in every-day technology.

In Control of Fuel Cell Power Systems the application of fuel cells in automotive powertrains is emphasized because of the significance of the contribution to global CO2 emissions made by ground vehicle propulsion and because of the challenge presented by the accompanying control problems. The authors’ comprehensive control-oriented approach provides:

• An overview of the underlying physical principles and the main control objectives and difficulties associated with the implementation of fuel cell systems.

• System-level dynamic models derived from the physical principles of the processes involved.

• Formulation, in-depth analysis and detailed control design for two critical control problems, namely, the control of the cathode oxygen supply for a high-pressure direct hydrogen fuel cell system and control of the anode hydrogen supply from a natural gas fuel processor system.

• Multivariable controllers that attenuate restraints resulting from lack of sensor fidelity or actuator authority.

• Real-time observers for stack variables that confer redundancy in fault detection processes.

• Examples of the assistance of control analysis in fuel cell redesign and performance improvement.

• Downloadable SIMULINK® model of a fuel cell for immediate use supplemented by sample MATLAB® files with which to run it and reproduce some of the book plots.

Primarily intended for researchers and students with a control background looking to expand their knowledge of fuel cell technology, Control of Fuel Cell Power Systems will also appeal to practicing fuel cell engineers through the simplicity of its models and the application of control algorithms in concrete case studies. The thorough coverage of control design will be of benefit to scientists dealing with the electrochemical, materials and fluid-dynamic aspects of fuel cells.



Advances in Industrial Control aims to report and encourage the transfer of technology in control engineering. The rapid development of control technology has an impact on all areas of the control discipline. The series offers an opportunity for researchers to present an extended exposition of new work in all aspects of industrial control.


Automotive Control Control Control Applications Control Engineering Electrochemistry Feedback Linear Systems Power Cells Process Control Sensor actuator propulsion

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

About the authors

Anna Stephanopoulou is becoming well-known among control engineers – she is now a regular on meeting program committees and as a session organizer for such leading conferences as American Control Conference and IFAC World Congress. She has also recently been appointed Associate Editor of the journal IEEE Control Systems Technology. She has previously been employed in the prestigious engineering faculty at UC Santa Barbara and at Ford Motor Company. She has received prizes for her work in automotive powertrain control, making her an ideal author for this type of monograph within the Advances in Industrial Control series.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Control of Fuel Cell Power Systems
  • Book Subtitle Principles, Modeling, Analysis and Feedback Design
  • Authors Jay T. Pukrushpan
    Anna G. Stefanopoulou
    Huei Peng
  • Series Title Advances in Industrial Control
  • Series Abbreviated Title Advances in Industrial Control
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-85233-816-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-84996-928-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4471-3792-4
  • Series ISSN 1430-9491
  • Series E-ISSN 2193-1577
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 161
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Automotive Engineering
    Control and Systems Theory
    Energy Systems
    Inorganic Chemistry
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Chemical Manufacturing
Consumer Packaged Goods
Materials & Steel
Energy, Utilities & Environment
Oil, Gas & Geosciences