ModVal13 is the 13th annual event of an international symposium on Modeling and Experimental Validation on fuel cells and batteries. It was initiated in 2004 by the Swiss Federal Energy Office. Taking place every year late March, it alternates the venue between Switzerland and Germany, and is hosted by a local academic institution.

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goal & scope

The goal of the venue is to present advances in modeling on fuel cells (mainly SOFC and PEFC) and batteries, as well as experimental work for model validation. Electrolysis is also included, due to recent strong interest and activity in this topic. Attendance is around 100 to 150 participants, from both academia and industry, in earlier years mainly from Switzerland and Germany, but lately increasingly from all over Europe and including from overseas.

  • Present and discuss current topics in the field of modelling and experimental validation of electrochemical cells, stacks and systems
  • Report state-of-the-art and novel techniques for the investigation of fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries
  • Create new collaborations
  • Gather in a compact focused event in a stimulating setting

March 22, 23



+60 oral

Focused Themes





Several invited talks are scheduled

W.K.S. Chiu

Univ. Connecticut

T. Kawada

Univ. Tohoku, Sendai

A. Kucernak

Imperial College

W. Lehnert

Research Centre Jülich

H. Yokokawa

Univ. Tokyo

Registration & Pricing

400 SwFr (370€) regular participant
300 SwFr (280€) PhD or M.sc. student

Event Location

SwissTech Convention Center
Quartier Nord de l'EPFL
Route Louis-Favre 2
CH - 1024 Ecublens
Email: modval13@epfl.ch


Lausanne (pop. 130'000), Switzerland, lies directly on beautiful Lake Léman. EPFL Campus (10'000 students) is reached with the Metroline M1, 15 minutes from Lausanne central railway station in the city center.

  • By train :
    Lausanne is conveniently reached from Basel in 2h15, from Geneva airport in 45 min and from Zürich airport in 2h30.
  • By car :
    Swiss highways, parallel to the railway tracks. Exit "Lausanne-Sud/EPFL".

The brand new SwissTech Convention Center (STCC), on EPFL’s campus in Lausanne, was inaugurated in April 2014. It is very conveniently located at the Metroline M1 EPFL stop, reached within 15 minutes from Lausanne main railway station.
MODVAL13 will take place in the STCC ground floor, with rooms for oral parallel sessions, poster session, coffee breaks and lunch buffet. The dinner of March 22nd will take place in Gina’s Restaurant just beside the STCC.

Hotels reservations

Procedure for reserving a room:
  • The convention name “MODVAL2016” will serve as a code in order to benefit from the negotiated EPFL rates.
  • Each participant contacts the chosen hotel directly by e-mail for all reservations mentioning the convention code: credit card number + security code essential for all reservations.
  • Each participant is responsible for all his or her hospitality fees.

Starling Hotel

Starling Hotel ☆☆☆☆
Route Cantonale 31
1025 St-Sulpice
tél.: 021 / 694.85.85
e-mail: contact@shlausanne.ch
website: http://www.shlausanne.com/
allotments: 40
price per night / person: from CHF 180.00

The Starling Hotel Lausanne is situated next to the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) in St-Sulpice.
The bright and airy rooms and suites are equipped with the latest technology, Air Conditioning and offer the utmost comfort and relaxation.
In addition, you will benefit from free access to the fitness centre.
Creative Mediterranean dishes are prepared in the open kitchen of the Bistro31. From there, it takes just 10 minutes to reach the centre of Lausanne. A free shuttle service is available morning and night, Mondays to Fridays, to and from Lausanne station.

Continental Hotel

Continental Hotel ☆☆☆☆
Place de la Gare 2
1003 Lausanne
tél.: 021 / 321.88.00
e-mail: reservation@continental.ch
website: http://www.continental.ch/
allotments: 45
price per night / person: from CHF 135.00

The Continental Hotel is located opposite the main Lausanne railway station, a ten-minute walk from the old town and shopping area. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi connection. A free valet service is also available.
The non-smoking rooms possess a satellite television and their own bathroom. During your stay, you may also enjoy free access to the hotel’s business space.
The Continental was built in 1964 at the time of the Swiss National Exhibition in Lausanne.

Swiss Tech Hotel

Swiss Tech Hotel ☆☆
Route Louis-Favre 10b
1015 Ecublens - Quartier Nord EPFL
tél.: 021 / 694.06.10
e-mail: sth@epfl.ch
website: http://www.swisstech-hotel.com/
allotments: 30
price per night / person: from CHF 120.00

In the context of the construction of the SwissTech Convention Center and of the shopping and service mall in the “Quartier Nord” of the EPFL, the decision was made to build and furnish a para-hotel offering 66 rooms to host guests on the site. The M1 metro will take you to Lausanne downtown in about 15 minutes.
All the rooms are equipped with a TV and safe. Possibility to rent a hair dryer, an ironing board as well as an adapter Toutes les chambres sont équipées d'une TV et d'un coffre-fort.
The restaurant Gina will host the guest for the breakfast.

Hotel Aulac

Hotel Aulac ☆☆☆
Place de la Navigation 4
1006 Lausanne
tél.: 021 / 613.15.00
e-mail: aulac@cdmgroup.ch
website: http://www.aulac.ch/
allotments: 30
price per night / person: from CHF 145.00

Discover the delights of the walks along the lakeside that Ouchy offers with its parks, gardens and the surrounding landscape of the Alps. This remarkable hotel, situated on the lakefront just a short walk from the Olympic Museum, is ideal for business and leisure travellers alike. It is located just 10 minutes from the city centre and the station. Geneva International Airport is just 40 minutes away.
The restaurant-brasserie, The Pirate, serves regional specialities in a relaxed atmosphere.
Offering an ideal setting for your seminars, cocktails and banquets for groups of 10 to 50 people, the hotel also benefits from splendid views of the Alps and Lake Geneva.

Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpackers

Lausanne Guesthouse & Backpackers
Ch. des Epinettes 4
1007 Lausanne
tél.: 021 / 601.80.00
e-mail: info@lausanne-guesthouse.ch
website: http://www.lausanne-guesthouse.ch/
allotments: 10
price per night / person: from CHF 94.50

If you are looking for a well-priced hotel to spend the night in a calming room overlooking the lake, then you will fall in love with this townhouse and its quality of service. Quadruple dormitories with a bathroom on the same level and double /single rooms with or without private bathrooms. Open-access well-equipped kitchen, garden with barbecue and washing room; free WIFI with your own computer.
Ideal location: many local bars, restaurants, night spots, boutiques, art galleries and museums are accessible on foot.

Event FAQs

Regular and students options are avalaible

400 SwFr (370€) regular participant
300 SwFr (280€) PhD or M.sc. student

Ticket include access to all sessions, including the posters session and book of abstracts. It includes all meals and breaks.
The organisation is held by:
ME A2 392 (Bâtiment ME)
Station 9
CH-1015 Lausanne

Note that the easiest way to contact us is to use our email: modval13 @ epfl . ch


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Special Issue

Opportunity is offered to submit full manuscripts after the symposium (~June 2016), for publication in a Special Issue of the new Journal of Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage (JEECS), which as of January 2016 is the follow-up of the Journal of Fuel Cell Science & Technology.