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Enhanced performance and cost-effective materials for long-term operation of PEM water electrolysers coupled to renewable power sources

Obiettivo

"The overall objective of the ELECTROHYPEM project is to develop cost-effective components for proton conducting membrane electrolysers with enhanced activity and stability in order to reduce stack and system costs and to improve efficiency, performance and durability. The focus of the project is concerning mainly with low-cost electrocatalysts and membrane development. The project is addressing the validation of these materials in a PEM electrolyser (1 Nm3 H2/h) for residential applications in the presence of renewable power sources. The aim is to contribute to the road-map addressing the achievement of a wide scale decentralised hydrogen production infrastructure. Polymer electrolytes developed in the project concern with novel chemically stabilised ionomers and sulphonated PBI or polysulfone hydrocarbon membranes, as well as their composites with inorganic fillers, characterised by high conductivity and better resistance than conventional Nafion membranes to H2-O2 cross-over and mechanical degradation under high pressure operation. Low noble-metal loading nanosized mixed-oxides (IrRuMOx) oxygen evolution electrocatalysts, highly dispersed on high surface area conductive doped-oxide (TiNbOx, TiTaOx, SnSbOx) or sub-oxides (Ti4O7-like ) will be developed together with novel supported non-precious oxygen evolution electrocatalysts prepared by electrospinning. After appropriate screening of active materials (supports, catalyst, membranes, ionomers) and non-active stack hardware (bipolar plates, coatings) in single cell and short stack, these components will be validated in a PEM electrolyser prototype operating at high pressure in a wide temperature range. The stack will be integrated in a system and assessed in terms of durability under steady-state operating conditions as well as in the presence of current profiles simulating intermittent conditions."

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FCH-JU-2011-1
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Coordinatore

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Indirizzo
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italia

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Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo
Antonino Salvatore Arico' (Dr.)
Contributo UE
€ 247 283

Partecipanti (5)

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgio
Contributo UE
€ 90 932
Indirizzo
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels

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Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Francia
Contributo UE
€ 243 839
Indirizzo
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
Contatto amministrativo
Guillaume Rochet (Mr.)
SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY SPA
Italia
Contributo UE
€ 176 690
Indirizzo
Viale Lombardia 20
20021 Bollate Mi

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Stefano Conti (Mr.)
ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Contributo UE
€ 363 182
Indirizzo
Atlas Way 22
S4 7QQ Sheffield

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Rachel Smith (Dr.)
TRE SPA TOZZI RENEWABLE ENERGY
Italia
Contributo UE
€ 230 845
Indirizzo
Via Zuccherificio 10
48100 Ravenna

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Tipo di attività
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contatto amministrativo
Giacomo Gorni (Dr.)