Journal of Power Sources, Vol.179, No.1, 232-239, 2008
Predictive control of SOFC based on a GA-RBF neural network model
Transients in a load have a significant impact on the performance and durability of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system. One of the main reasons is that the fuel utilization changes drastically due to the load change. Therefore, in order to guarantee the fuel utilization to operate within a safe range, a nonlinear model predictive control (MPC) method is proposed to control the stack terminal voltage as a proper constant in this paper. The nonlinear predictive controller is based on an improved radial basis function (RBF) neural network identification model. During the process of modeling, the genetic algorithm (GA) is used to optimize the parameters of RBF neural networks. And then a nonlinear predictive control algorithm is applied to track the voltage of the SOFC. Compared with the constant fuel utilization control method, the simulation results show that the nonlinear predictive control algorithm based on the GA-RBF model performs much better. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.