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Development of a Novel Compact Multi Fuel Steam Reforming Device Integrated into a cost effective Fuel Cell Micro Combined Heat & Power Generation System for Residential Building Application

Objective

The construction sector represents a strategically important sector for the European Union employing in 2005 13.8 million people, SMEs are indeed the major force of the construction sector representing 99% of such industry. The EU Building Sector is a major energy consumer (more than 40% of the total energy consumed in the EU is used to cover the needs for heating, cooling and electricity). According to Directive 2006/32/EC in the community there is a need for improved energy end-use efficiency and according to Directive 2002/91/EC on energy performance of buildings need to be certified. In this scenario, our idea is to develop a 30kW micro CHP system able to provide heat and power for a more efficient energy end-use in buildings. The main objective of H2OME is to introduce the novel concept of a Polymeric Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell based CHP system able to satisfy both the thermal (heating and sanitary water), cooling and electrical power need of the whole building replacing the small methane boiler installed in the single flats as well as old-fashioned centralised oil thermal plant used in the 60s. In order to achieve the above overall objective the following innovations need to be developed: 1)compact and high efficiency steam reformer able to operate with methane, methanol and bio-gas; 2)composite catalyst compound promoting water gas shift reaction with a temperature of about 300°C and able to operate with an hydrogen rich mixture without any CH4 formation; 3)a novel thermal spraying-based manufacturing process for the production of the helicoidally shaped structure made by a metallic mesh coated with a ceramic porous coating catalytic layer. As a consequence of the new directives, it is estimated that 10 million boilers in European homes more than 20 years old need to be replaced and considering an initial market penetration of 2% in 5 years of the project the potential market is about 600 M€, which is far beyond the cost of the project (1.3 M€).

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power generation/combined heat and power

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

COM.TE SRL
Address
Via Ugo Dozzio 11
27011 Belgioioso
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 58 000
Administrative Contact
Gaetano Carcano (Mr.)

Participants (8)

I.C.I CALDAIE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 42 540
Address
Via Giovanni Pascoli 38
37059 Campagnola Di Zevio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michela Brunelli (Ms.)
CATATOR AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 275 359,80
Address
Odlarevagen 10
226 60 Lund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tihamer Hargitai (Dr.)
SIEL SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 179 292
Address
Via Le Bianca Maria 23
20122 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Enrico Pensini (Mr.)
IMC ZLIN as
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 121 954
Address
Kvitkova 119
76001 Zlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Libor Dopita (Mr.)
PROYECTOS DE AHORRO ENERGETICO SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 167 985
Address
Avenida Tenerife 20 A Nave 7
28703 San Sebastian De Los Reyes Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergio Palombi (Dr.)
ZACISZE sp. z o.o.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 96 614
Address
Ul. Ejsmonda 2
81409 Gdynia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Zbigniew Misztal (Mr.)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 29 500
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Verónica Lipperheide Guzmán (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 4 772
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carlos Abad-Ruiz (Mr.)