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Long-life PEM-FCH &CHP systems at temperatures higher than100°C

Objective

The present proposal aims at the development of SPG&CHP systems based on Polymeric Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Hydrogen (PEMFCH). A drawback in the state-of-the-art systems is the too low operating temperatures (70-80°C) of PEMFCHs for cogeneration purposes. Operating temperatures above 100°C would have several advantages including easier warm water distribution in buildings, reduced anode poisoning due to carbon monoxide impurities in the fuel and improved fuel oxidation kinetics. A PEMFCH operating in the temperature range of 100-130°C is highly desirable and could be decisive for the development of SPG&CHP systems based on PEMFCHs. The main objective of the present project is to give a clear demonstration that long-life SPG&CHP systems based on PEMFCHs operating above 100°C can now be developed on the basis of recent knowledge on the degradation mechanisms of ionomeric membranes and on innovative synthetic approaches recently disclosed by some participants of this project. Main research tasks: (1) Develop long life (longer 40000 hrs) perfluoro sulfonic acid membranes and sulfonated aromatic polymer membranes operating at 100-130°C with current density of at least 4000A/m2; (2) Create new long-life catalytic electrodes and MEAs working in the above temperature range; (3) Perform accelerated ageing tests and long-term single cell tests to understand degradation mechanisms, to make lifetime predictions and to give input to objectives 1 and 2; (4) Develop a prototype of a modular SPG&CHP system based on multi-PEMFCHs realized with the new long-life MEAs; (5) Benchmarking the single-cell and the modular prototype performance at temperatures above 100°C against the best literature results. The project will benefit from the synergy arising from the know-how of leading research groups of universities and research institutes as well as from the technical knowledge and expertise of industries and utility companies involved in fuel cell development and testing.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds
  • /humanities/languages and literature/literature - general
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/electrochemistry/electrolysis
  • /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

FCH-JU-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 310 355,14
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Barbieri (Dr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 243 100
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Letizia Terranova (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE PROVENCE
France
EU contribution
€ 151 429
Address
3 Place Victor Hugo
13331 Marseille
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philippe Knauth (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES
Germany
EU contribution
€ 151 130
Address
Campus
66123 Saarbrucken
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rolf Hempelmann (Prof.)
EDISON SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 66 490
Address
Foro Buonaparte 31
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valter Richiardone (Dr.)
FUMATECH BWT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 167 533,31
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.)
MATGAS 2000 AIE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 204 240
Address
Campus De La Uab Edificio Matgas
08193 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Patricia Ruiz (Dr.)
POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 65 949,55
Address
Warszawska 24
31 155 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Piotr Czuprynski (Mr.)