Dr. Maxime Carré
Stationary electrochemical systems
Every day I am excited about starting a new workday because my team and I are developing products that improve the lives of millions of people. The working environment offered at Bosch has almost removed all physical boundaries. We can focus on what matters for cutting-edge research: generating ideas, collaborating, modeling and testing.
I completed a French / German mechanical engineering degree with specialism in control theory. This background offers me a broad technical and scientifical understanding, which is in my opinion really crucial when it comes to electrochemical systems. I have been developing a stationary fuel cell system for 12 years and more recently an electrolyzer system. As one of the research associates with the longest experience in this field, I like to describe myself as the “living encyclopedia” of stationary fuel cell systems. I am eager to continue this journey along the electrolyzer route.
- Research engineer at Bosch for stationary electrochemical system
- Phd at Bosch on the control of stationary solid oxide fuel cells
- Degree in technical cybernetics in Stuttgart
- Development aid project in South America
Bosch et al. (2017)Reforming results of a novel radial reactor for a solid oxide fuel cell system with anode off-gas recirculation
- T Bosch, M Carré, A Heinzel, M Steffen, F Lapicque / Journal of Power Sources 371, 197 - 208
Wahl et al. (2015)Modeling of a thermally integrated 10 kWe planar solid oxide fuel cell system with anode offgas recycling and internal reforming by discretization in flow direction
- Stefanie Wahl, Ana Gallet Segarra, Peter Horstmann, Maxime Carre, Wolfgang G Bessler, François Lapicque, K Andreas Friedrich
- Journal of Power Sources 279 656 - 666
Carré et al. (2015)Feed-forward control of a solid oxide fuel cell system with anode offgas recycle
- M Carre, R Brandenburger, W Friede, F Lapicque, U Limbeck, P da Silva
- Journal of Power Sources 282 498 - 510
Carré et al. (2012)Modeling and control of a solid oxide fuel cell system with anode offgas recycle for residential combined heat and power generatio
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Interview with Dr. Maxime Carré
Senior expert in stationary electrochemical systems and their control
Please tell us what fascinates you most about research.
In a research environment you have to stay focused on one or two high-level objective(s) to obtain some results, often over a long period of time. On the other hand, every day is different because you tackle many various challenges on the journey to his high-level goal. This contrast makes the job very exciting! Another aspect that fascinates me is the pioneering spirit: being probably the first to solve a problem is very motivating for me.
What makes research done at Bosch so special?
At Bosch Research we develop products that make sense, that improve the daily lives of millions of people in a sustainable way. For me, this is the main benefit to being part of the research at Bosch and in my opinion probably the best motivator to achieve world-class results. On a more pragmatical note, I can say that the infrastructures, funding, and decision processes are at a top level, which allows us to concentrate on what matters: cutting-edge scientifical results.
What research topics are you currently working on at Bosch?
My team and I are developing new control algorithms to modulate the electrical output power of a stationary fuel cell system quicker and quicker. In other words, we want to “rebrand” the product into a dynamic fuel cell system. This requirement is essential when it comes to power critical loads like a factory or datacenter.
More recently I have started a new activity on a high temperature electrolyzer. My main task is to understand and in a second step document and disseminate within Bosch my understanding on this new product from a technical point of view but also from an economical point of view.
What are the biggest scientific challenges in your field of research?
With regard to the fuel cell system, my biggest scientific challenge is to understand and put all the physical effects and their correlation occurring inside the system into simple equations. Although I have been doing this for almost 13 years, I keep discovering new effects. Putting this into equations makes it possible to develop robust and fast control algorithms. In the field of high temperature electrolyzers, this is the same “game” but at much earlier stage.
How do the results of your research become part of solutions "Invented for life"?
Stationary fuel cells and electrolyzers are two unavoidable/essential products in a CO2-free society. Climate change is not just a discussion anymore. This means for me, that each step in the development of these products at Bosch Research is automatically transformed into a step toward a more sustainable world, a step toward electrochemical systems “invented for a sustainable life”.