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Development of a Portable Internal Reforming Methanol High Temperature PEM Fuel Cell System

Objective

The complexity of the balance of plant of a fuel cell-fuel processor unit challenges the design/development/demonstration of compact and user friendly fuel cell power systems for portable applications. An Internal Reforming Methanol Fuel Cell (IRMFC) stack poses a highly potential technological challenge for High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (HT-PEMFCs) in portable applications. It aims at opening new scientific and engineering prospects, which may allow easier market penetration of the fuel cells. The core of innovation of IRMFC is the incorporation of a methanol reforming catalyst in the anode compartment or in between the bipolar plates of a High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (HT-PEMFC). In order to obtain an economically technologically viable solution, low-cost materials with certain functional specifications within 200-220oC (electrolytes, catalysts and bipolar plates) and production techniques, with easy maintenance and high durability will be employed. Taking advantage of the innovative outcomes of the ending FCH-JU IRAFC 245202 project, the functionality of MeOH-fuelled integrated 100 W system will be demonstrated. IRMFC partnership brings together specialists in catalysis (FORTH, UMCS, ZBT, IMM), HT polymer electrolytes (UPAT, ADVENT, FORTH), as well as the technological know-how to design, construct and test balance-of-plant components and HT-PEMFC stacks (IMM, ZBT, ENERFUEL, JRC-IET, ADVENT). Special role is adapted throughout the project for end-user/system integrators (ENERFUEL, ARPEDON) with respect to emerging portable applications. In particular Advent’s joint development with HT PEM dedicated and recognized industrial partners like Enerfuel (USA) gives the ability to adopt and integrate the advanced technological know-how of the two companies toward the manufacture of a product that will have all assets to penetrate fuel cell early market business.

Field of science

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

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2012-1
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Funding Scheme

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

Coordinator

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 352 680
Administrative Contact
Andreas Plagakis (Mr.)

Participants (9)

INSTITUT FUER MIKROTECHNIK MAINZ GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 25 112,44
Address
Carl-zeiss-str. 18-20
55129 Mainz
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frank Hainel (Dr.)
ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AE EREUNAS & ANAPTYXIS YLIKON & PROIONTONANANEOSIMON PIGON ENERGEIAS & SYNAFON SYMVOULEFTIKON Y PIRESION
Greece
EU contribution
€ 164 320
Address
Stadiou 0 Municipality Of Patra
26504 Platani
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nora Gourdoupi (Dr.)
UNIWERSYTET MARII CURIE-SKLODOWSKIEJ
Poland
EU contribution
€ 125 680
Address
Pl Marii Curie Sklodowskiej 5
20 031 Lublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Andrzej Machocki (Prof.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 291 754,56
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
EU contribution
€ 180 104
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joannis Kallitsis (Prof.)
ZENTRUM FUR BRENNSTOFFZELLEN-TECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 309 390
Address
Carl Benz Strasse 201
47057 Duisburg
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
George Bandlamudi (Dr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 93 797
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Mrs.)
ENERFUEL INC

Participation ended

United States
EU contribution
€ 10 000
Address
Northpoint Parkway Suite 101 1501
33047 West Palm Beach Fl
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Betts (Dr.)
ARPEDON METRITIKES DIATAXEIS KAI ORGANA MICHANIMATA YPRESIES EPE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 33 200
Address
Odos Ionias 80
17456 Alimos Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dimitrios Sangiotis (Mr.)