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Fuel cell field test demonstration of economic and environmental viability for portable generators, backup and UPS power system applications

Objective

A total of 19 market-ready fuel cell systems from 2 suppliers (ElectroPS, FutureE) will be installed as UPS/ backup power sources in selected sites across the EU. Real-world customers from the telecommunications and hotel industry will utilize these fuel cell-based systems, with power levels in the 1-10kW range, in their sites. These units will demonstrate a level of technical performance (start-up time, reliability, durability, number of cycles) that qualifies them for market entry, thereby accelerating the commercialisation of this technology in Europe and elsewhere. The demonstration project will involve the benchmarking of units from both fuel cell suppliers according to a test protocol to be developed within the project. It will employ this test protocol to conduct extensive tests in field trials in sites selected by final users in Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. The performance will be logged and analysed to draw conclusions regarding commercial viability and degree to which they meet customer requirements, as well as suggesting areas for improvement. A lifecycle cost analysis using data from the project will be carried out to determine economic value proposition over incumbent technologies such as batteries or diesel generators. The system producers use the results to obtain valuable first hand feedback from customers, optimise their systems as needed, and demonstrate commercial viability. On the other hand, final users from the telecommunications and hotel industry will experience first-hand the advantages of fuel cells for their applications under real world conditions. The optimisation potential is expected from the production process itself, from the installation of a significant amount of fuel cell systems and from the testing. The project will also develop a certification procedure valid in the EU27 under the lead of TÜV Süd.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS MANUFACTURINGSRL
Address
Piazza Del Tricolore 4
20129 Milano
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 680 309
Administrative Contact
Ilaria Rosso (Dr.)

Participants (12)

FUTUREE FUEL CELL SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 668 531,21
Address
Kisslingstrasse 1
72622 Nurtingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mark-Uwe Osswald (Mr.)
PARCO SCIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO PER LAMBIENTE ENVIRONMENT PARK TORINO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 216 657
Address
Galleria San Federico 54 Co Finpiemonte
10100 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Davide Damosso (Mr.)
FACHHOCHSCHULE ZENTRALSCHWEIZ - HOCHSCHULE LUZERN
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 288 047
Address
Werftestrasse 4
6002 Luzern
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ulrike Trachte (Ms.)
UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 75 847,40
Address
Vienna International Centre, Wagramerstrasse 5
1400 Vienna
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yazici Suha (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)
TUV SUD INDUSTRIE SERVICE GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 103 130
Address
Westendstrasse 199
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tom Elliger (Mr.)
Swisscom (Schweiz) AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 195 152,92
Address
Alte Tiefenaustrasse 6
3050 Worblaufen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Willy Kohler (Mr.)
WIND TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 54 813
Address
Via Viola Cesare Giulio 48
00148 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rita Spada (Dr.)
Kanton Nidwalden
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 49 445
Address
Kreuzstrasse 1
6371 Stans
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Büchel (Mr.)
Kanton Luzern

Participation ended

Switzerland
Address
Sekretariat Des Kantonsrates, Bahnhofstrasse 15
6002 Luzern
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Madelaine Meier (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 61 671
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Renato Lauro (Prof.)
ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITESI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 82 221,47
Address
Kazim Karabekir Cad 2/13 Istanbul Eski Silahtaraga Elektrik Santrali Santraistanbul Kampusu
34060 Eyup Istanbul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tunga Yılmaz Bülent (Mr.)