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Fluid Management component improvement for Back up fuel cell systems

Objective

The FluMaBack (Fluid Management component improvement for Back up fuel cell systems) project aims at improving the performance, life time and cost of balance of plant (BOP) components of back up fuel cell systems specifically developed to face back-out periods of around 1,000h/year for specific markets: USA, Africa and North Europe where hard operative conditions are present (high and low temperatures). The improvement of system components addressed in this project will benefit both back-up and CHP applications.
The project focuses on new design and improvement of BOP components for utilization in PEMFC based stationary power applications, aimed at:
- improving BOP components performance, in terms of reliability;
- improving the lifetime of BOP component both at component and at a system level;
- reducing cost in a mass production perspective;
- simplifying the manufacturing/assembly process of the entire fuel cell system.
While in recent years the performance and durability of the PEMFC have increased and the cost has decreased at the same time, performance, durability and costs of BOP components have basically stayed the same. So, for improvements on performance, durability and cost of the fuel cell system, R&D dedicated on BOP components have become essential. The project is focussed on the most critical BOP components with the largest potential for performance improvement and cost reductions:
- Air and fluid flow equipments, including subcomponents and more specifically blower and recirculation pumps
- Humidifier
- Heat exchanger
Specific targets in terms of efficiency, lifetime and cost have been pointed out for each BOP component to be developed.
The project will have a duration of 3 years to guarantee the achievement of all project targets.
The consortium consists of large and small entities which are R&D centres, BoP components developers and manufacturers, fuel cells stack and fuel cell system developers and manufacturers. Partners are located throughout the EU: Italy, Spain, The Netherland and Slovenia.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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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
€ 404 372,20
Administrative Contact
Ilaria Rosso (Mrs.)

Participants (9)

DOMEL ELEKTROMOTORJI IN GOSPODINJSKI APARATI D.O.O.
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 509 440
Address
Otoki 21
4228 Zelezniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Natasa Dolenec (Ms.)
TUBIFLEX SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 347 914
Address
Strada Torino 25
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marco Casiraghi (Mr.)
PARCO SCIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO PER LAMBIENTE ENVIRONMENT PARK TORINO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 140 600
Address
Galleria San Federico 54 Co Finpiemonte
10100 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graizzaro Alessandro (Mr.)
INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 236 200
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gregor Dolanc (Dr.)
FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LAS NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS DEL HIDROGENO EN ARAGON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 182 388
Address
Cr Zaragoza N 330A Km 566 Cuarte
22197 Huesca
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luis Correas (Dr.)
NEDSTACK FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 249 588
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73 Gebouw 533
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Huiting Lute (Mr.)
ONDA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 78 400
Address
Via Vittoria 158 A
36065 Mussolente
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sella Cristina (Ms.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 278 067
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mihael Sekavčnik (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 56 000
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)