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gPROMS for fuel cell simulation, modeling and optimization

Accelerate development while reducing risk and cost

Fuel cell modeling 

We save $250K every time we avoid the need to build a test rig

— major US fuel cell developer


Recent publications

Elsevier fuel cell fcFocus article

pdf Elseview fcFocus: Advanced modelling accelerates fuel cell development



Advanced modelling is the only way to explore the fuel cell design space fully

– Japanese materials corporation


Advanced process modelling is helping to accelerate fuel cell component and system development significantly by providing accurate predictive information for support of key design decisions.

There are many benefits in applying advanced process modelling techniques to fuel cell development and design:

  • development be accelerated significantly
  • design risk can be managed using rigorous quantification
  • costs can be reduced by increasing the effectiveness of experimental programs and integrating R&D and experiment design
  • it is possible to explore many more design options within the same timeframe.

It is possible to address many different applications covering the entire component-to-system design space – from membrane physics, chemistry and electrochemical effects, to performance of the entire system under various loads.

PSE provides...

PSE provides a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art tools and expert services for fuel cell component and system modelling, for a range of fuel cell types.


  • The gPROMS advanced process modelling (APM) environment for multi-scale modelling of complex processes and phenomena.

    gPROMS includes some key technologies as part of the standard package:
    • state-of-the-art model validation tools allow estimation of multiple model parameters from steady-state and dynamic experimental data, and provide rigorous model-based data analysis.
    • Model-based experiment design capabilities can be used to design experiments that generate the maximum amount of parameter information from the minimum number of experiments.
    • Comprehensive tools for the optimisation of design variables and operating policy enable direct solution of design challenges instead of lengthy trial-and-error simulation.
  • the Advanced Model Library for Fuel Cells (AML:FC), a comprehensive and state-of-the-art set of high-fidelity cell and stack model components capable of modelling the entire fuel cell component and system design and operation space. Also available is the
    • optional AML:FC–FLUENT Hybrid Modelling Interface for linking a FLUENT® model of the flow channel to a gPROMS model of the anode-electrolyte-cathode assembly. This considers all interactions simultaneously to provide ultimate accuracy in flow channel modelling.


  • ModelCare model configuration, validation and execution services, provide rapid project execution and transfer of know-how to customer personnel.
  • Model-Based Innovation services help guide experimentation and integrate R&D effort with engineering design and operational improvement. This speeds up R&D programmes and provides high-quality parameter information for design and risk analysis.