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Demonstration Project for Power Supply to Telecom Stations through FC technology

Objective

FC and H2 may represent an enabling technology for a wider diffusion of Radio Base Station “energized” by renewable energy sources. While the expected higher energy efficiency already has an attractive potential for these applications, the energy storage potential of H2 (either locally produced or stored in bottles) is even more interesting as it could extend significantly the number of hours of unattended operation which very much determines the overall energy cost for these installation. This is an instrumental feature of H2 and FC which could favour the further diffusion of mobile applications in remote sites.
To clearly demonstrate this potential a minimum of 17 sites of really operating off-grid Radio Base Stations will be equipped with an integrated power generation system using Fuel Cell technology and H2 and tested for a significant period. This very large demonstration program will be used to assess the readiness of available technological solution to make the potential viable and demonstrate the industrial readiness of the fuel cell technology in this early market. 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 commercialization of this technology in Europe and elsewhere.
The RBSPoweredFCH2 Project consortium integrates different EU FC and H2 related technology maker with a market leader for Telecom Systems and with R&D institution. This peculiar opportunity is also fundamental to pursue a bottom-up approach which allows to modify the energy requirements and load profile of the energy utilization to fit in an optimum way the performances expected for the Fuel Cell system.
The demonstration project will involve the benchmarking of different technical configurations for fuel cells integrated with other local Renewable Energy sources (mainly PV but also wind). One of the key factor for this off-grid application market

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

ERICSSON TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA
Address
Via Anagnina 203
00118 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 2 128 080
Administrative Contact
Giancarlo Tomarchio (Dr.)

Participants (5)

BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 1 093 520
Address
Majsmarken 1
9500 Hobro
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Balslev (Dr.)
GREENHYDROGEN DK APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 341 488
Address
Finsensvej 3
7430 Ikast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joergen Jensen (Mr.)
MES SA
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 301 342
Address
Strada Cantonale 5
6855 Stabio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gianmario Picciotti (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 356 840
Address
Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Patrizia Vannicelli (Dr.)