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Production Ready Heat Exchangers and Fuel Cell Stacks for Fuel Cell mCHP

Objective

Fuel cells have shown great promise for residential micro-Combined Heat and Power (mCHP) generation due to their high electrical efficiency and ability to run on conventional heating fuels. Technology leaders in this sector are nearing commercial deployment following extensive field trials but high capital costs remain a key challenge to the advancement of this sector and mass market introduction in Europe. The HEATSTACK project focuses on reducing the cost of the two most expensive components within the fuel cell system; the fuel cell stack and heat exchanger, which together represent the majority of total system CAPEX. Cost reductions of up to 60% for each component technology will be achieved by:
- Advancing proven component technologies through the optimisation of design, materials and production processes for improved performance and quality;
- Developing and applying novel tooling for laser welding and automated production lines to remove manual processing steps;
- Improving cycle times and reducing time to market;
- Demonstrating design flexibility and production scalability for mass manufacturing (10.000 units per annum); and
- Developing core supply chain relationships to allow for competitive sourcing strategies.
The HEATSTACK project represents a key step towards achieving commercial cost targets for fuel cell mCHP appliances, bringing together leading technology providers in the fuel cell mCHP supply chain with extensive industrial expertise to accelerate the development towards volume production of the fuel cell stacks and heat exchangers. Cost reductions will be achieved through advanced design, development and industrialisation of core manufacturing processes. Improvements to component performance with advanced materials will reduce system degradation and improve overall system efficiency and lifetime.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2015-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SENIOR UK LTD
Address
59/61 High Street Rickmansworth
WD3 1RH London Hertfordshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 158 367,50

Participants (6)

SENIOR FLEXONICS CZECH S.R.O.
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 179 481,25
Address
Prumyslova 733 9
779 00 Olomouc
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VAILLANT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 67 725
Address
Berghauser Strasse 40
42859 Remscheid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 403 806,25
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
I.C.I CALDAIE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 259 813,75
Address
Via Giovanni Pascoli 38
37059 Campagnola Di Zevio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PNO CONSULTANTS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 195 160
Address
Earl Road 1 The Courtyard
SK8 6GN Cheadle Hulme
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SUNFIRE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 635 406,25
Address
Gasanstaltstrasse 2
01237 Dresden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)