The successful introduction of fuel cell systems for future generation automotiveapplications will significantly depend on the development and realization of reliable lowcost components, which have to be highly integrated in the fuel cell system.Hence, in the course of the project NFCCPP (Numerical Fuel Cell ComponentPerformance Prediction tool) funded by the European Union, a simulation environment hasbeen worked out and a modular component tool box created, which allows the – virtual –testing of components of fuel cell systems in a highly realistic, most advanced and precise,but nevertheless confidential simulation environment. Confidentiality – in fact modelprotection - enables the combination of best state of the art simulation modules fromdifferent partners in an overall system simulation model without having access toconfidential information and data of other individual components. Even competitors cantest their components together in such an environment. Moreover, this approach enablesinvestigations based on overall system simulations (or a fixed set thereof), which have theadvantage of providing a sound reference for comparing results.
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