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INNOVATIVE CELL AND STACK DESIGN FOR STATIONARY INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS USING NOVEL LASER PROCESSING TECHNIQUES

Objective

"The alkaline fuel cell (AFC) is one of the most efficient devices for converting hydrogen into electricity. Project LASER CELL will develop a novel, mass producible AFC and stack design for stationary, industrial applications utilising the latest laser processing technology. This economically viable, sophisticated technology will enable design options, not previously possible, that will revolutionise the functionality and commercial viability of the AFC.

Key parameters that will dictate fuel cell and stack design are; safety, reduced part count, easy of assembly, durability, optimised performance, recyclability and increased volumetric power density in a way which delivers a cost of under €1,000 per kW. To realise this vision, proprietary cell and stack features that have never before been incorporated into an AFC system will be employed and deliver a flawlessly functioning stack.

In order to achieve these ambitious objectives, the consortium comprises world leading specialists in the fields of alkaline, polymer electrolyte and solid oxide fuel cells, advanced laser processing technologies, conductive nano composites, polymer production and large scale, stationary power plants.

A cell design tool, based on physical and cost models, will be produced. This disseminated tool will provide design rational for material selection and geometric design and will be applicable for all low temperature fuel cells.

Commercially viable porosity forming processes developed in this project will enable organisations working with other fuel cell types to re-evaluate the fabrication and design of their core technologies. Furthermore, other sectors that will benefit are; solar cell, aviation, medical and automotive.

Having the ability to convert ‘waste’ hydrogen into electricity and being the ‘pull through’ technology for carbon capture and storage (CCS), AFCs could play a crucial role in helping the EU meet its reduced CO2 emission targets and improve its energy security."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/carbon capture engineering

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

AFC ENERGY PLC
Address
Cranwood Street 5-7 Finsgate
EC1V 9EE London
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 405 647
Administrative Contact
Mark Boland (Mr.)

Participants (5)

VALOE OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 369 633
Address
Insinoorinkatu 5
50150 Mikkeli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Riikka Loponen (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 174 332
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irina Granfors (Ms.)
AIR PRODUCTS PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 42 386
Address
Hersham Place - Molesey Road
KT12 4RZ Walton-on-thames
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diana Raine (Ms.)
NANOCYL SA
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 221 002
Address
Rue De L'essor 4
5060 Sambreville
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Luizi (Ms.)
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 208 757
Address
Universitatsstrasse 2
45141 Essen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sandra Kramm (Ms.)