Fuel Cell Laboratory Info

Department of Engineering
Università degli Studi di Perugia
Prof. Gianni Bidini


Via G. Duranti 67, 06125, Italy

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Fuel Cell Lab Contacts
FCLab Organization

FCLab's team, led by Prof. Bidini, is composed by reasearcher of different background to offer the perfect mix for this research field. National and international students and researchers are always welcome to join our group for short or long periods.
FCLab publications

FCLab produced several publications since the foundations. Below you can find the list of publications in journals and conferences

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The FCLab proposes a rich sort of sperimental, modelling or bibliographic thesis based on Fuel Cell Lab activity. All thesis are developed in collaboration with Research Center (ENEA, CIMIS) and with the possibile partnership of various indutries (Ariston, SOFC-Power, Forschungs Zentrum Julich, Alstom, Proeng).
You can take a depper look asking Prof. G. Bidini or directly the FCLab. The following link brings you to the available thesis pase.
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Research activities

Research activities are focused on high temperature fuel cells both molten carbonate and solid oxide types. The FCLAB has developed and used test benches for single cell testing and small (1kW and 2.5kWe) fuel cell stacks.
One of the most important topic are leaded to the field of CHP and rational use of energy in buildings. The group is active in studying the applications of small and micro CHP systems. The research group has collected a database of small and micro CHP installations in Italy updated until 2007. A current activity is in the measurement and analysis of electrical and thermal demand of residential and tertiary buildings, to determine the load profiles for different types of users where CHP systems could be installed. Moreover about studies concerning application for small and micro CHP systems we are strictly involved in modelling issues, system integration and system modelling.
To this aim also a particular activity of simulation has been scheduled to evaluate, starting from the load profiles of different types of users, the performances of micro CHP systems based on SOFC.

Performance analysis, durability tests, fuel flexibility, procedure harmonization and standardization. We perform tests for performance evaluation, alternative gas evaluation, pollutants effects assessment and durability analysis

Numerical simulations

Numerical codes development (detailed models: the code developed at FC Lab is entirely written in a partial differential form. As a consequence, detailed information of all the cell components are well known; system models, simulation (cells, cogenerative and hybrid stationary systems analysis and optimization) at regimen and partial loads, exergetic analysis, cost, environmental and reliability analyses (ex. LCA - Life-Cycle-Assessment). A particular activity of simulation is scheduled for the optimization of the control strategy of battery-FC integrated system applied to vehicles. Such an analysis is also focused on the optimal H2 production system (from an energetic and exergetic point of view) in function of the fleet consistency

System design

BoP design, alternative fuels usage, components integrated numerical/experimental activity


The University of Perugia is a member of the N.ERGHY (New European Research Grouping on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen), the European Association aiming at promoting, supporting and accelerating the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology by aligning the European R&D community and by this increasing the effectiveness of the representation of this community.

The N.ERGHY association was formed in 2008 by the European research community to effectively represent its interests within the FCH JU (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking). N.ERGHY is formed as a Belgian non-profit association (AISBL - Association International Sans But Lucratif) and is completely financed by its members. This independence from commercial and political interests allows the association to act purely for the interests of its members. N.ERGHY represents one of the three groups of board besides the European Commission and the Industry Grouping (NEW-IG).

As of January 2009, N.ERGHY is representing more than 55 universities and research institutes from over 15 European Countries and continually more members join it.

N. ERGHY foresees the participation in the respective Joint Technology Initiative, including the concerned joint undertaking or any other related structure (the "JTI"), which is envisaged to be carried out together with the "European Industry Grouping for a Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Joint Technology Initiative" (Industry Grouping) and the European Commission.


FCLab was actively involved within the organization of the following international conferences:

  • EFC 15
    Naples, December 16-18, 2015
  • EFC 13
    Rome, December 11-13, 2013
  • First Italian Workshop on Fuel Cells
    Perugia, November 22-23, 2012
  • ECOS 2012
    Perugia, June 26-29, 2012
  • Festival dell'Energia
    Perugia, June 15-17, 2012
  • EFC 11
    Rome, December 14-16, 2011
  • ICAE 2011 - International Conference on Applied Energy
    Perugia, May 16-18, 2011
  • EFC 09
    Rome, December 15-18, 2009