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PEMFC system and low-grade bioethanol processor unit development for back-up and off-grid power applications

Objectif

In this project a cost-competitive, energy-efficient and durable integrated PEMFC based power system operating on low-grade (crude) bioethanol will be developed for back-up and off-grid power generation. Back-up and off-grid power is one of the strongest early markets for fuel cell technology today. Wireless communication systems are rapidly expanding globally, and the need for reliable, cost-competitive and environmentally sustainable back-up and off-grid power is growing, especially in developing countries. Cost-competitive PEMFC power system compatible with crude bioethanol would allow direct use of easily transported and stored, locally produced sustainable and low-emission fuel also in developing countries, further adding value and increasing the number of potential applications and end-users for fuel cell and hydrogen technology. The PEMBeyond system will basically consist of the following functions integrated as a one complete system: a) Reforming of crude bioethanol, b) H2 purification, c) Power generation in PEMFC system. Optimized overall system design combined to use of improved system components and control strategies will lead to improvements in cost, efficiency and durability throughout the complete system. Latest automotive reformate compatible PEMFC stacks will be used, possessing high potential to reducing stack manufacturing costs. On top of this, the stacks as a part of a low-grade H2 compatible fuel cell system design will allow both FC system simplifications (e.g. no cathode humidifier needed) and complete system simplifications (e.g. higher CO ppm and lower H2% allowed) leading to decreased cost. Optimizing the target H2 quality used will be an important task with the regard to overall system cost, efficiency and durability. An extensive techno-economic analysis will be carried out throughout the project to ensure attractiveness of the concept. A roadmap to volume production will be one of the main deliverables of the project.

Appel à propositions

FCH-JU-2013-1
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Coordinateur

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Adresse
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Finlande
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Contribution de l’UE
€ 603 560
Contact administratif
Pauli Koski (Mr.)

Participants (5)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation terminée

Finlande
Adresse
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Contact administratif
Henri Karimäki (Mr.)
Powercell Sweden AB
Suède
Contribution de l’UE
€ 566 239
Adresse
Ruskvadersgatan 12
418 34 Goteborg
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Per Ekdunge (Dr.)
GENPORT SRL - SPIN OFF DEL POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 466 571
Adresse
Via Lecco 61
20871 Vimercate
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Paolo Fracas (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Allemagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 423 870
Adresse
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Type d’activité
Research Organisations
Contact administratif
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
Contribution de l’UE
€ 255 299
Adresse
Praca Gomes Teixeira
4099 002 Porto
Type d’activité
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif
Mafalda Marques Moreira Soeiro (Ms.)