Research and Support Unit FCLAB

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Research and Support Unit FCLAB

“FCLAB (Fuel Cell Lab): Towards efficient fuel cell systems"


Research activities on fuel cell systems began in Belfort in 1999. Progressively, scientific and technological activities have been structured, in particular by the creation in 2012 of a CNRS FCLAB research federation, which has become a national and international reference in the field of integration of hydrogen energy and fuel cell systems in transport and stationary applications.

In a very dynamic context, the FCLAB Support and Research Unit (UAR) was created by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) on January 1, 2020, and is attached to the Institute of Engineering and Systems Sciences (INSIS). It was created from the FCLAB research federation in order to continue and develop its activities in the field of hydrogen energy set up over the last 20 years on the following three themes:

- Energy efficiency,

- Sustainability,

- Economic, social and environmental sustainability.

FCLAB is placed under the main supervision of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté as well as the University of Franche-Comté, the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques. It federates the activities of more than 150 researchers, engineers and technical staff.

FCLAB's partner research units are the FEMTO-ST Institute, the AMPERE laboratory, the SATIE laboratory, the ECO7 team from Gustave Eiffel University, the LEMTA laboratory and the ICB laboratory.

In the same place, an interdisciplinary research environment and an access to a technological platform dedicated to fuel cell and hydrogen energy systems testing for research laboratories and companies are offered.

FCLAB's service offer covers engineering and feasibility studies of projects, testing of hydrogen systems up to 150 kW, taking into account environmental constraints in a controlled atmosphere (temperature and humidity) and in vibration. FCLAB also offers training courses to its customers and partners, ranging from general seminars to tailor-made courses including an experimental part.

The research activities are carried out by the partner laboratories, with FCLAB ensuring the animation of transverse projects within the research teams of its Project Hotel.

Thanks to this equipment, some of which are unique in terms of performance and testing possibilities, FCLAB supports the French and international hydrogen energy industry.

deputy director


Director :
Full professor Marie-Cécile PERA
Deputy Director :
Full professor David BOUQUAIN

Secretary / Office:
Such. : + 33 (0) 3 84 58 36 00
Fax: + 33 (0) 3 84 58 36 36

Rue Thierry Mieg
90010 Belfort

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