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Understanding of Degradation Mechanisms to Improve Components and Design of PEFC

Objective

The main objective of the planned project DECODE is to increase the life-time of fuel cells for automotive applications. It is well-known that liquid water plays a crucial role in the degradation processes of fuel cells. However, this specific degradation influence is not addressed sufficiently in the present research and development efforts. Therefore, DECODE aims at identifying characteristic behavior regarding degradation and malfunctions with special emphasis on liquid water interactions. The work will quantitatively elucidate fundamental degradation mechanisms with PEFC under steady-state, cycling and start-up/shut-down conditions. The elucidated mechanisms will be used to improve PEFC durability. The project plan is spitted into three phases: In the first short phase, - the specification and definition phase -, materials, components as well as testing and opera¬ting conditions will be specified. In the second phase, - the analysis phase - the individual degradation processes of the components and their interactions will be investigated. This includes the fundamental investigation of membrane and electrodes in work package 3, the analysis of porous media in work package 4 and the investigation of degradation of bipolar plates in work package 5. The investigations in these three work packages involve novel methodology, sophisticated characterization of components, and modeling of water transport and water interactions with components. In the third phase the knowledge of the degradation processes and mechanisms will be use to generate technological progress. It includes development of novel fuel cell operating strategies to mitigate degradation phenomena and to improve components and single cell design (also by moderate modification of materials).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2007-1-RTD
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 688 443
Administrative Contact
Andreas Heinz (Mr.)

Participants (11)

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 99 200
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Annika Hofling (Ms.)
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN-NUERNBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 421 150
Address
Schlossplatz 4
91054 Erlangen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Winderl (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 724 428
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)
REINZ-DICHTUNGS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 289 694
Address
Reinzstrasse 3-7
89233 Neu Ulm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Raimund Stroebel (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 216 500
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oliver Petre
SGL TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
Address
Werner-von-siemens-strasse 18
86405 Meitingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herbert Keßler (Mr.)
SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 265 189
Address
Viale Lombardia 20
20021 Bollate Mi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristian Saksida (Dr.)
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 334 825
Address
Gotaverksgatan 10
405 08 Goteborg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Ekdunge (Dr.)
ZENTRUM FUR SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG BADEN-WURTTEMBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 374 930
Address
Meitnerstrasse 1
70563 Stuttgart
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oster Friedel (Dr.)
ADAM OPEL AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 84 500
Address
Bahnhofsplatz
65428 Ruesselsheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephan Fell (Dr.)
SGL CARBON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 201 137
Address
Werner-von-siemens-strasse 18
86405 Meitingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herbert Kessler (Mr.)