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Efficient use of resources in energy converting applications

Objective

EURECA develops the next generation of µ-CHP systems based on advanced PEM stack technology.
The idea is to overcome the disadvantages of complex gas purification, gas humidification and the low temperature gradient for the heat exchangers in a heating system. EURECA will develop a new stack generation based on PEM technology with operating temperatures of 90°C to 120°C. Thus results in a less complicated and therefore in a more robust µ-CHP system with reduced costs.
The development of a new stack generation includes various parallel working tasks. EURECA will optimize materials to operate in that temperature range – including membrane and bipolar plate materials. Also the catalyst will be improved with a lower platinum loading – design target
< 0.2g/kW. The stack design and the flow field of the bipolar plates will be optimized for the operating conditions. All development steps will be supported by state-of-the-art modeling. As the final step the developed stack will be integrated in an adapted µ-CHP system to achieve proof-of-concept in the target application.
Important part of the project is the validation of the design targets. The µ-CHP system – including the reformer – is expected to operate at an electrical efficiency of 40%. Lifetime tests with defined test procedures on single cells and short stacks will indicate a stack lifetime of approx. 12.000 h. In all development processes the partners have agreed to a design-to-cost approach. This includes the producibility in series production processes. A cost assessment will indicate the cost savings by the less complicated system.
The consortium is well balanced along the supply chain. Component suppliers and system designers are backed by research institutions. High quality of the development process is of top priority to all partners. Therefore the consortium will agree at the beginning of EURECA on specific quality and management procedures - including contingency planning measurements.

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

DLR-INSTITUT FUR VERNETZTE ENERGIESYSTEME EV
Address
Carl Von Ossietzky Strasse 15
26129 Oldenburg
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 576 652
Administrative Contact
Alexander Dyck (Dr.)

Participants (8)

Eisenhuth GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 604 532
Address
Friedrich-ebert-strasse 203
37520 Osterode
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thorsten Hickmann (Dr.)
UNIVERZITET U BEOGRADU
Serbia
EU contribution
€ 195 368
Address
Studentski Trg 1
11000 Beograd
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marija šola
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 979 470
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 161 540
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Plagakis (Mr.)
INHOUSE ENGINEERING GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 530 817
Address
Kopenicker Strasse 325 Haus 41
12555 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Christoph Hildebrandt (Mr.)
CELAYA,EMPARANZA Y GALDOS INTERNACIONAL, S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 125 226
Address
Calle Artapadura 11
01013 Vitoria
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Idoia Quilchano (Ms.)
FUNDACION CIDETEC
Spain
EU contribution
€ 165 520
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jon Lacunza (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 218 168
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)