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Smart Membrane for hydrogen energy conversion: All fuel cell functionalities in One Material

Objective

A breakthrough of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) requires a radical performances improvement of the key fuel cell material components (catalysts and protonic membrane) as well as highly innovative solutions to overcome the membrane assembly and integration limitations. Actual PEM fuel cells presents Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) architecture corresponding to a proton conductive membrane hot pressed between two catalytic electrodes. However, the MEA performance is limited by the interface effect between catalytic layer and membrane. To overcome this problem, the SMAllInOne project introduces a “SMart All in One” membrane concept. In this approach, a catalytic network is directly implanted in the thin film protonic membrane. This novel composite material is particularly well adapted for fuel cell technologies as there is no boundary between the membrane and the electrodes. Moreover, several functionalities will be added to this material in order to confer it smart properties such as water and crossover management, tailored porosity and 3D conformability. The scientific and technological objectives of the project are: • To synthesize bifunctional polymerizable and volatile precursors (alkenyl & sulfonyl) to prevent the destruction of the acidic functions during the thin film membrane realization • To create a network of percolated platinum nano-particles inside both faces of the membrane to ensure simultaneously a good catalytic efficiency and electronic conductivity • To enhance electronic conductivity by a tailored doping of material with gold particles by the surface • To study and propose a water and crossover management solution by adding functional hydrophilic particles to keep the membrane wet and Pt particles to getter hydrogen linkage • To avoid the fuel depletion by controlling the porosity using a porogen approach The consortium consists of 7 partners from 5 European countries including 2 SMEs.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydrogen energy
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/energy conversion
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/theoretical physics/particles

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-NMP-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 555 483,50
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI BARI ALDO MORO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 402 330
Address
Piazza Umberto I 1
70121 Bari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gianfranco Berardi (Dr.)
Surface Innovations Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 217 923,80
Address
Redgate House
DL13 3HH Wolsingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ashley Cooper (Mr.)
BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 264 591,50
Address
Bar Ilan University Campus
52900 Ramat Gan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isser Israel Peer (Dr.)
Federal Mogul Systems Protection
France
EU contribution
€ 76 359,60
Address
Rue Henri Laroche 69
60800 Crépy En Valois
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frédéric Jeuneu (Mr.)
IRD FUEL CELLS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 220 411,60
Address
Emil Neckelmanns Vej 15A
5220 Fraugde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Bøgelund Pedersen (Mr.)
AYMING
France
EU contribution
€ 87 900
Address
185 Avenue Des Gresillons
92622 Gennevilliers Cedex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lucie Roa (Ms.)