This invention is directed to a novel power control scheme that uses feedforward information about load transient behavior to manage the flow of energy between components of a hybrid fuel cell system. The methods of the invention may also be applicable to hybrid systems with critical sources other than fuel cells. Methods of the invention for controlling a power generation system comprise using a transient recognition control module to estimate the steady state information of load transients. The transient recognition control module can be based upon a cluster weighted modeling algorithm, which can be formulated recursively and provide useful feed-forward information in real time.
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 This invention was partially made with government support under United States Department of Energy Grant No. R02413060 through Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Grant #3917. The U.S. government has certain rights in this invention.