Multi-Parametric Model Predictive Control of an Automated Integrated Fuel Cell Testing Unit
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The aim of this work is to present a framework for the design of a constrained multiparametric Model Predictive Control (mp-MPC) strategy for a fully automated integrated Hydrogen Fuel Cell Testing Unit (HFCTU) at CERTH. The underlying process is described by an experimentally validated dynamic model which provided the basis for the control framework. This model was used to derive reduced order state space models based on which an explicit/multi-parametric MPC controller was designed in order to satisfy the load demand, avoid starvation and maintain the temperature at a nominal point. The derived controller was tested offline on several operating conditions and showed an excellent transient and steady-state performance. 2011 Elsevier B.V.