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Progress in PEMFC Stack Testing Procedures

28th – 29th January 2014, Oldenburg (Germany)


As fuel cell products increasingly become part of industrial reality, the need for comparable and industry-wide harmonised testing procedures is becoming evident. The workshop "Progress in PEMFC Stack Testing Procedures" is therefore intended to encourage discussion about the characterisation of PEMFC stacks. This international workshop will focus on relevant and necessary PEMFC stack testing procedures for the industry with regard to aspects such as performance, durability and safety. The target groups addressed are representatives from industry, research institutions and universities.

Recent research and development results concerning PEMFC stacks will be presented by international experts from industrial research, such as Ballard Power Systems, Daimler AG, BMW AG as well as from stack manufacturers including inhouse engineering, Proton Motor and Nedstack.

Additionally, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss diverse aspects of PEMFC stack development and characterisation during poster sessions and at the workshop dinner.


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EWE Forum Alte Fleiwa
Escherweg 7
(new street name: Alte Fleiwa 1)
26121 Oldenburg, Germany

About Oldenburg

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Oldenburg is situated in the North-West of Germany within a beautiful marshland landscape. With approximately 160,000 inhabitants, it is the third largest city in the state of Lower Saxony. Oldenburg was named “Germany‘s City of Science” in 2009 due to its visionary concepts of science for a future-oriented city development.




Tuesday 28.01.2014

8:30  Registration / Opening Reception Desk

9:00  Welcome & Introduction

9:15  Session A: Introduction of StackTest Testing Procedures

Jens Mitzel, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.:
Stack-Test Work Package 2: Functional and Performance Testing on PEMFC stacks

Frederik Berg Nygaard, Technical University of Denmark:
Stack-Test Work Package 3: Durability Testing on PEMFC stacks

Thomas Jungmann, Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE:
Stack-Test Work Package 4: Environmental and Safety Output Testing on PEMFC stacks

10:45 Coffee Break and Poster Session

11:15 Session B: Discussion on Testing Procedures

12:30 Lunch and Poster Session

13:45 Session C: Ageing and Degradation Mechanisms

Silvia Wessel, Ballard Power Systems Inc.:
Shut-down/start up Performance Evaluation

Steen Yde-Andersen, IRD Fuel Cells A/S:
Development and demonstration of PEM FC based µCHP units in the hydrogen village Vestenskov on Lolland in Denmark

Christoph Hildebrandt, inhouse engineering GmbH:
Optimization of Aging and Degradation effects for a LT-PEM fuel cell stack for stationary applications

16:30 Bus transfer to NEXT ENERGY

16:45 Guided Lab tour at NEXT ENERGY

18:30 Workshop Dinner

Wednesday 29.01.2014

9:00 Session D: Accelerated Testing and Life-Time Prediction

Kaushik Jayasayee, SINTEF:
Accelerated stress testing (voltage cycling and contamination effects) in PEM single cells – Results from STAYERS

Frieder Herb, Daimler AG:
Possibilities to characterize Stack through current profile and voltage answers

Peter Wilde, BMW AG:
Data Quality, Practice and Theory

10:30 Coffee Break and Poster Session

11:00 Session E: Standardisation and Qualification Procedures

Mascha Smit, Nedstack holding B.V.:
Nedstack test procedures for commercial PEM fuel cell stacks

Thomas Wannemacher, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH:
Fuel Cell Testing at an SME Manufacturer

12:00 Lunch and Poster Session

13:30 Panel Discussion

14:30 Closing Remarks


Participants are cordially invited to present a poster. Please mark this in your registration form. Testing procedures developed within the project are available upon request on the website:

Furthermore, the participants are invited to join a guided lab tour through our research facilities at NEXT ENERGY. A bus shuttle will be provided.

The EWE-Forschungszentrum für Energietechnologie e. V. may charge an administrations fee of EUR 70.00 for any change or cancellation of registration. Cancellation must be received at NEXT ENERGY in writing up to seven days prior to the event. Cancellations received later will be charged the full fee.
The program is subject to amendment. In the unlikely event of it being cancelled for reasons beyond the control of NEXT ENERGY, registration fees already paid will be refunded.

Registration and Workshop Fee

The registration fee of 250 € plus VAT is payable by 15th January 2014 upon invoice. Fill out the registration form and send it back by e-mail or fax by 10th January 2014 at the latest. Due to a limited number of participants, registrations are considered upon entry.


In Oldenburg a range of hotels in various price categories are available. There will be a limited contingent of different hotel rooms for the workshop participants reserved by the “Oldenburg Tourismus und Marketing GmbH”. Rooms can be booked via the hotel reservation form. The „Best Western Hotel Heide“ is the nearest hotel to the venue.


This workshop is supported by funding received from the EU project „Development of PEM Fuel Cell Stack Reference Test Procedures for Industry“ (StackTest), Grant Agreement No. 303445. General information about this project can be found at: The workshop is organised by NEXT ENERGY in cooperation with the project partners.

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If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
NEXT ENERGY · EWE-Forschungszentrum für Energietechnologie e. V.
Ms. Corinna Harms
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 15
26129 Oldenburg, Germany
Phone: +49 441 99906-322
Fax: +49 441 99906-109