PEM Fuel Cell Testing Solutions

Testing solutions for every development step from cell to system for all applications from passenger car to aviation

AVL FuelCell Testcenter

At AVL we are committed to shape a sustainable future for the next generations. Hydrogen and specifically Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technologies are playing an important role in the future energy ecosystem. As market leader for testing instrumentation and tools we are providing solutions for the entire development cycle with technical depth. At the same time our solutions can be applied to a wide range of industrial applications. AVL’s 360° fuel cell testing expertise makes AVL the preferred partner for many leaders in the industry.   

At AVL we are committed to fuel cell technologies and strive to bring fuel cell testing to the next level. With expertise and dedication we are developing solutions for our customers for the entire development process. Together with our partner Greenlight Innovation we are shaping the way fuel cells are developed since more than 25 years.

Fuel Cell

Design reliability and durability – As PEM technologies are maturing, the central focus lies in the development of robust products for the mainstream. AVL solutions enable to reduce risks and development efforts and support the three major areas:

  • Define real stress factors and derive accelerated stress tests
  • Efficient and effective controls development & calibration 
  • Frontloading by integrated virtual methodologies to reduce design risks   


PEM System TB_R1

Efficiency certification - Standards and regulations are evolving rapidly. Specifically in a global market local requirements derived from standards can vary significantly. AVL is providing solutions to reduce this complexity:

  • Certification-guided development throughout the FCEV design validation plan 
  • Accurate drive-cycle H2 consumption measurement and prediction 
  • Automated execution & reporting in accordance to standards & regulations

All our test bench solutions include safety systems that are certified by TÜV. This way, we ensure that you meet all requirements for hydrogen safety, fire protection measures and the like when setting up your PEM test fields. We also support you in designing the hydrogen safety concept for new as well as existing test facilities.

Tomas Dehne

Working for an automotive OEM in the fuel cell development I was always missing robust and consistent tools. Now as fuel cell technology changes from research to series development I can design the right solutions for fuel cell testing at AVL, so our customers can focus on their development and trust their measurement results.

- Tomas Dehne, Chief Engineer Fuel Cell Testing, AVL List GmbH

AVL offers standardized and proven test solutions for PEM fuel cells, covering a wide range of applications for different performance classes from the cell to the system. Our solutions range from individual test facilities for hydrogen consumption measurements or fuel cell degradation analyses to complete fuel cell system test benches with environmental simulation. For complete test facilities, we also offer turnkey solutions and consulting. In this way, we make the testing of PEM fuel cells ready for series production and future-proof your investments.

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AVL PUMA 2™ Fuel Cell

AVL PUMA 2™ Fuel Cell is our intuitive automation system for highly dynamic fuel cell system testing. It is the global industry standard for testbed automation.

Fuel Cell Development

We make your fuel cell technology more durable – and even more reliable.

Fuel Cell Simulation
Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Simulation

Fuel cells and electrolyzers are excellent solutions for efficiently achieving a CO2-neutral future. Especially since their application is multifaceted. It ranges from vehicles of all sizes to energy generation and storage to the starting point for synthetic fuels (e-fuels). Develop and optimize targeted fuel cell systems by using our simulation.

Fuel Cell Virtualization
Fuel Cell Operating Strategy Optimization and Testing

Enhancing fuel cell system optimization and testing with simulation.

AVL Fuel Cell production testing
AVL Fuel Cell Production Testing

AVL as preferred partner for fuel cell engineering, simulation and testing is providing beyond that integrated solutions for production testing of fuel cell stacks and complete fuel cell systems. 

AVL Balance-of-Plant testing
AVL Balance-of-Plant Testing

AVL balance-of-plant (BoP) testing solutions are modular and tailored test beds to emulate the real load of a fuel cell system.

Fuelcell Testbed
AVL Fuel Cell System Testbed

AVL designed the integrated Fuel Cell System Testbed to provide highly efficient and accurate testing while minimizing integration efforts. Reusing our reliable and proven modules and transferring our R&D expertise and maturity into a compact solution was crucial. 

AVL HyTron

A gas conditioning and consumption solution for hydrogen and other gaseous fuels. Learn more about this dedicated product to safely supply and condition gases for the testbed usage.

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy with AVL X-ion and AVL Smart EIS

The Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) is an innovative stimulus response testing technology for checking the frequency-dependent internal resistance of electrochemical cells such as batteries or fuel cells.

AVL not only manufactures test bench solutions for fuel cells, but also applies them itself. Thus, competences from development, simulation and test solutions are combined and continuously developed.

Our test solutions are standardized and proven on the market. Based on sophisticated service concepts, we offer modular implementations and customized test stands.

In addition, our know-how is always part of the scope of delivery. Our employees are perfectly trained and complement your development goals.



H2 Safety Services
Safety in Testbeds for FC Systems and H2ICE

New Technologies demand not just new testing methods and testing devices but also customized safety measures. 

Maritime Mobility Special

This exclusive webinar gets to grips with all things maritime mobility. 

AVL Joins Collaborative Project to Develop Hydrogen-Powered Land Rover Defender Fuel Cell Prototype

AVL and Jaguar Land Rover join forces to deliver zero-tailpipe emissions for premium fuel cell prototype based on the new Land Rover Defender.

AVL Joins HZwo Innovation Cluster to Drive New Mobility Technologies

Close alliance between academic research and industry for an accelerated energy transition in Saxony, Germany

AVL Contribution to DLR Project: 1.5- Megawatt Composite Testbed for Fuel Cells

World's first test field for fuel cell propulsion systems in the megawatt range

Das Demonstrationsfahrzeug
Intensive research work results in fuel cell concept vehicle

Keytech4EV project successfully completed

AVL and Ceres Set to Combine Competencies for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems Technology

New cooperation

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