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PRessurIzed PEM electrOLYZER

Objective

The primary objective of the PrimoLyser project is to develop, construct, and test a cost-minimised highly efficient and durable PEM-electrolyser stack aimed for integrated with domestic µCHPs through a combination of the following activities:
1) Specification done by the end-user(s);
2) Basic material R&D on catalyst & membrane to increase durability & efficiency while reducing cost;
3) Process development to fabricate high performance MEAs;
4) Engineering of a durable, reliable, and robust high pressure PEM stack through CFD modelling and design optimisation;
5) Continuous test for 2,000 hours together with a 1.5 kW µCHP; and
6) An evaluation headed by the end-user(s)

The key-targets for the stack are as follows:
A) Hydrogen production capacity: 1 Nm3/h;
B) Pressure: 10 MPa (100 bar);
C) 1.68 V @ 1.2 A/cm2 not only at BoL but also after 2,000 hours of continuous operation;
D) Cost: <5,000 € per Nm3 H2 production capacity per hour in series production; and
E) Durability: >20,000 hours @ constant load

Furthermore, the stack will be liquid cooled to enhance durability and enable easy heat utilisation. This is important as a PEM electrolyser operated with renewable will run when the electricity is cheap and therefore not simultaneous with the µCHP.
The PrimoLyser project is scheduled for 2.5 years. The present proposal is phase I in a 2 step development, where phase II will comprise BoP development & full integration of the electrolyser with a µCHP followed by a field test.
The Consortium is well balanced, with the following 6 partners complementing one another to achieve the project target goals: i) A PEM FC manufacturing company (IRD Fuel Cells A/S [SME], DK); ii) 3 research centres and universities VTT (FI), Åbo Akademi (FI) & ECN (NL); iii) A leading manufacturer of ion exchange polymers and membranes (Fumatech (DE)); and iv) A subsidiary utility company (Abengoa-Hynergreen [ES])

Field of science

  • /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

IRD FUEL CELLS A/S
Address
Emil Neckelmanns Vej 15A
5220 Fraugde
Denmark
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 449 130
Administrative Contact
Laila Grahl-Maden (Dr.)

Participants (5)

STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 92 614
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 LE Petten
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Truus Woudstra-Zwiers
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 337 256
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaana Heino (Ms.)
FUMATECH BWT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 159 813
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.)
ABENGOA INNOVACION SOCIEDAD ANONIMA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 43 040
Address
C Energia Solar 1 Campus Palmas Altas
41014 Sevilla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Verónica Mesa Vélez-Bracho (Ms.)
ABO AKADEMI
Finland
EU contribution
€ 72 170
Address
Domkyrkotorget 3
20500 Abo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mikko Hupa (Prof.)