Fuel cell sensor technology

Identification of state, diagnosis, and prognosis parameters for the deactivation and degradation of fuel cells.  Project lead: Prof. Maik Eichelbaum Funded by: Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Funding period: Jan - Dec 2020


Platform for a hybrid chemo-enzymatic electrosynthesis of e-fuels: HypChEn (constructive joint project at the Energie Campus Nürnberg)


Project lead: Prof. Maik Eichelbaum

Funded by: Energie Campus Nürnberg and the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts

Funding period: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022  

Intelligent networks

Project lead: Prof. Maik Eichelbaum, Prof. Markus Hornfeck, Prof. Korbinian Riedhammer Funded by: LEONARDO - Center/Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)  Project duration: Apr 2021 - Sept 2022

Fibre optics with integrated temperature and humidity sensor system (arrow) in a bipolar plate, Photos: Katharina Rostan

RealTempFC - Fibre optic temperature measurement in polymer electrolyte fuel cells

In polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEM-FC), the internal temperature distribution and the humidity of the operating gases are key factors determining the efficiency and service life of the fuel cell. As measuring these quantities with conventional electronic sensors is challenging, the RealTempFC project investigates methods to simultaneously measure these quantities using very thin fibre optic based sensors (fibre Bragg grating, FBG). Results from preliminary tests with optimised calibration methods and first measurements on a PEM-FC demonstrator with integrated sensor fibres show the potential of this method. This experimental measurement technique is complemented by multiphysical simulations of the electrochemical and thermal processes in the fuel cell. Furthermore, we were able to successfully demonstrate the potential of microcomputed tomography for non-destructive structural analysis of PEM-FC and the integrated sensor glass fibres.

Project lead: Prof. Frank Opferkuch

Project partners: Prof. Rainer Engelbrecht, Prof. Jan Lohbreier, Prof. Maik Eichelbaum

Funded by: Technische Hochschule Nürnberg

Funding period: Jan - Dec 2022

(Photo: Tim Neiertz)

TiO2- Photoanalytics

Development of a new standard method to measure the photoactivity of semiconductors for environmental and energy-related applications. Project lead: Prof. Maik Eichelbaum Funded by: Staedtler Foundation Project duration: Mar 2020 - Sept 2021