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NextGenCell - The next generation of stationary fuel cells

Objective

Designed as a joint EU and US collaborative effort in the framework of the EU-US Cooperation Agreement on fuel cells, NextGenCell aims to bring domestic fuel cell microCHP (1-5kWel) next step towards commercialisation. In FP5 Vaillant, Plug Power, and othe r European partners have demonstrated low temperature PEM fuel cell microCHP systems.

Three major hurdles were identified:
1. Costs must be reduced significantly,
2. Reliability must be improved via system simplification,
3. System temperature must be increased.

High Temperature (HT) PEM MEA technology at 160-180°C has the potential to overcome those hurdles. R&D on MEA, Fuel Cell System, components development and integration will lead to a developed and tested 1-5kW HT PEM fuel cell prototype microCH P system with modular design for global markets.

Specific objectives relevant to TP 6.1 at production volumes are:

1. Total system costs < 400 EUR/kW:
- Significant system simplification (no CO clean-up and water management)
- Increase mechanical stability of MEA
- Reduction of system costs (e.g. of Balance of Plant, fuel processor, maintenance/recycling) and low cost bi-directional inverter development

2. Modular system design:
- modular system design for different market applications (CHP and future tri-generation)
- Increase electrical efficiency up to 35% with 85% total efficiency

3. Durability > 40.000 hours:
- MEA Development with more stable cathode material and corrosion
-resistant cathodes

4. Electronic control systems for optimal heat and power management and reduced costs;
- CHP hydraulics concept Development (system scalability 1-5kW)
- Embedded controller with 70% less cost
- microCHP Controls optimisation in a Virtual Power Plant

The team is based on strong industrial and scientifically partnership, includes a SME and participants from Acceding Country Bulgaria and Slovenia as one of the new member states. Five participants have expressed to join the Joint Technology Platform (JTI)

Call for proposal

FP6-2005-ENERGY-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

VAILLANT GMBH
Address
Berghauser Str. 40
Remscheid
Germany

Participants (8)

DOMEL, ELEKTROMOTORJI IN GOSPODINJSKI APARATI, D. D.
Slovenia
Address
Otoki 21
Zelezniki
GAIA POWER OY
Finland
Address
Bulevardi 6 A
Helsinki
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
Exhibition Road, South Kensington Campus
London
INSTITUT OF POLYMERS - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Acad. Bonchev-str. Block 103A
Sofia
PEMEAS GMBH
Germany
Address
Industriepark Hoechst
Frankfurt
PEMEAS U.S.A., INC.
United States
Address
39 Veronica Avenue
Somerset Nj
PLUG POWER HOLLAND B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Wilmersdorf 50
Apeldoorn
PLUG POWER INC.
United States
Address
968 Albany Shaker Road
Latham, New York