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Knowledge to Enhance the Endurance of PEM fuel cells by Accelerated LIfetime Verification Experiments

Objective

Small scale stationary Combined Heat and Power (µ-CHP) generation is foreseen as a significant future market for fuel cells. Among the fuel cell types, the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) technology is by far dominating the small scale stationary demonstration and field trials (~90%). The PEMFC has advantages related to high electric efficiency and excellent load following properties. A major hurdle to commercialisation, however, is their insufficient lifetime under realistic operation conditions. KEEPEMALIVE aims to establish improved understanding of degradation and failure mechanisms, accelerated stress test protocols, sensitivity matrix and lifetime prediction models for Low Temperature PEMFC to enable a lifetime of 40 000h at realistic operation conditions for stationary systems, in compliance with performance and costs targets. Main KEEPEMALIVE targets are to establish a robust and efficient methodology to identify & quantify main factors (and interactions) causing degradation/failure when imposed to stressing conditions and to characterise changes in PEMFC materials’ properties and corresponding performance losses using statistical designed experiments KEEPEMALIVE uses an integrated, iterative approach, using advanced statistical experiment design and result evaluation. Quantitative data obtained in situ from cell &stack tests under stressing conditions, are complemented by ex situ testing of materials, revealing corresponding changes in properties. Joint efforts of SMEs, energy companies and research community, including links to other related European activities, will contribute to strengthening Europe’s competitiveness in this area.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 320 450
Administrative Contact
Ann Mari Svensson (Dr.)

Participants (8)

IRD FUEL CELLS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 237 213
Address
Emil Neckelmanns Vej 15A
5220 Fraugde
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Henning Boegelund Pedersen (Mr.)
STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 61 595
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gaby Janssen (Dr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 220 481
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jocelyn Mere (Dr.)
FUMATECH BWT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 153 336
Address
Carl Benz Strasse 4
74321 Bietigheim Bissingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernd Bauer (Dr.)
EIFER EUROPAISCHES INSTITUT FUR ENERGIEFORSCHUNG EDF KIT EWIV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 91 653
Address
Emmy Noether Strasse 11
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
August Guenter (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 134 975
Address
Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Viktor Hacker (Dr.)
SEAS-NVE HOLDING AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 22 737
Address
Hovedgaden 36
4520 Svinninge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristina Juelsgaard (Mrs.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 22 142
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)