The Federation for Fuel Cell Research FCLAB (FR CNRS 3539) is a joint unit that gathers research groups stemming from 5 laboratories :

  • The FEMTO-ST (Franche-Comté Electronique, Mécanique, Thermique, Optique) Institute, UMR CNRS 6174 affiliated with the UFC, the CNRS, the ENSMM and the UTBM,
  • The IRTES (Institut de Recherche sur les Transports, l’Energie et la Société) Institute, EA 7274 UTBM,
  • The LTE laboratory (Laboratoire Transport et Environnement) of the IFSTTAR (Bron, 69),
  • The SATIE laboratory (Systèmes et Applications des Technologies de l’Information et de l’Energie), UMR CNRS 8029, especially through its IFSTTAR affiliation (Satory, 78),
  • The AMPERE laboratory, UMR CNRS 5005, affiliated to the Ecole Centrale of Lyon, the INSA of Lyon and to the Université of Lyon 1.

This federation gathers all research groups of Franche-Comté Region in the field of fuel cell systems and hydrogen-energy. Beyond this regional character, the Research Federation also has a national character, by the participation of two IFSTTAR laboratories (with relative staff being located in Belfort) and of the AMPERE laboratory. 120 staff members are participating in FCLAB activities, among them about 70 permanent members (full and associated professors, researchers, teaching and research staff, engineers, technicians and administrative staff) and about 50 members working on temporary contracts (PhD students, post-PhD students, assistant professors, engineers, etc.).

Objectives of the FCLAB Federation

The hydrogen-energy is currently an important and essential core value of the future world energy “mix”: it can be integrated into power systems, considered for energy storage, either embedded (electric and hybrid vehicles) or involved in stationary applications (off-grid power supplies, renewable energy storage). Within this framework, the Research Federation (FR) FCLAB aims at conducting scientific and technological research in these areas.

The main objectives of FCLAB are the following:

  • Track and reinforce the development of the scientific and technological links between research teams of the federation, in particular regarding the supervision of PhD students, collaborative work and project funding (national, European, international),
  • Make use of similar and complementary skills between the various teams involved in FCLAB, either by organizing joint actions (case of the similarities), or by the provision of resources (case of the complementarities),
  • Ensuring a national and international leadership in the area of integration of hydrogen-energy systems, for transportation an stationary applications,
  • Support technology deployment through testing on experimental platforms including integration and sustainability test of energy sources for electric and hybrid vehicles as well as for stationary power systems,
  • Anticipate the industrial expectations about « fuel cell systems » and « hydrogen-energy systems » so as to ensure  « one step ahead », to keep up with the state of the art worldwide and to provide a leadership role to France on such kind of subjects,
  • Develop communication campaigns at large scale to facilitate the social acceptance of these new technologies,
  • Continue and strengthen the development of our strong network of local, national and international collaborations,
  • Ensuring support to the partners in the development of new educational initiatives in hydrogen- and fuel cell areas (Master of Engineering, High Engineering schools, …),
  • Develop an industrial ecosystem around hydrogen-energy, through an ambitious policy in terms of development of industrial partnerships, start-up and spin-off creations.

Scientific and innovation axes of the Federation FCLAB

The scientific and innovation axes of the Research Federation FCLAB can be presented in a matrix form, at the interfaces from application axes and methodological axes.

The application axes are the following:

  • Axis #1 : Hydrogen-energy systems for micro-CHP (Combined Heat & Power Generation) – head Dr. P. Briois (IRTES)
  • Axis #2 : Coupling hydrogen-energy systems to renewable energies – head Dr. M. Becherif (FEMTO-ST)
  • Axis #3 : Hydrogen fuel cells for transportation and mobility – head Dr. A. De Bernardinis (SATIE)
  • Axis #4 : Solid storage for hydrogen – head xx ()

The methodological axes are the following:

  • Axis #5 : Design and integration of systems for hydrogen-energy – head Dr. S. Jemeï (FEMTO-ST)
  • Axis #6 : Performance analysis and durability of hydrogen-energy systems – head Dr. R. Gouriveau (FEMTO-ST)
  • Axis #7 : Architecture optimization of hydrogen-energy systems – head Dr. F. Gao (IRTES)
  • Axis #8 : Socio-technological transition for hydrogen-energy – head Dr. F. Picard (IRTES)


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