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In situ H2 supply technology for micro fuel cells powering mobile electronics appliances

Objective

In the project two novel solutions for fuelling micro fuel cells are studied and developed to a demonstration level. The primary application area is fuel cell based power sources of portable electronic appliances such as cell phones, mp3-players and laptop computers, but also similar niche products. A generally recognized fact is that today’s battery technology is not sufficient for many of those applications despite expected progress in the field due to the increasing number of features implemented. Fuel cell technology provides in principle a solution to the problem by enabling the use of chemical energy storages. The low temperature PEM technology is inherently feasible choice for consumer products because of the close-to-human nature of the applications provided that logistics of hydrogen can be solved. In the project we consider a solution, which combines hydrogen PEM with fuelling technology, where hydrogen is stored in a chemical form in a primary fuel and released in-situ on-demand bases. This provides benefits as to DMFC technology. The fuel cell using hydrogen can be made in a more compact size because of higher volumetric power density. The primary fuel can be stored in a disposable or recycled cartridge, which is changeable and logistically easily available. Two different technologies to produce hydrogen will be considered. One is based on NaBH as the fuel and the other on catalyzed electrolysis of methanol. The project has two main objectives: - Firstly, to show that the both technologies consider are feasible and fulfil the RCS requirements of mobile/portable electronic appliances in consumer markets. - Secondly, to find the best ways to build up logistics for fuelling using disposable or recycled cartridges. The power range targeted in the practical development work for demonstration is 5 – 20 W. Feasibility of the cartridge technologies and applications will be, however, explored in a wider range from 0.5 W up to 100 W level.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /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

AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Address
Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 283 817
Administrative Contact
Aarne Halme (Prof.)

Participants (3)

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 292 832
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)
MYFC AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 230 081
Address
Saltmätargatan 8A
11359 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anders Lundblad (Dr.)
OY HYDROCELL LTD
Finland
EU contribution
€ 193 895
Address
Minkkikatu 1-3
04430 Jarvenpaa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tomi Anttila (Mr.)