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Critical Raw materials Elimination by a top-down Approach To hydrogen and Electricity generation

Objective

CREATE aims at developing innovative membrane electrode assemblies for low-temperature polymer-electrolyte fuel cell (FC) and electrolyzer (EL) with much reduced cost. This will be achieved via elimination or drastic reduction of critical raw materials in their catalysts, in particular platinum group metals (PGM).

Key issues with present low-temperature FC & EL are the high contents of PGM in devices based on proton-exchange-membrane (PEM) and the need for liquid electrolytes in alkaline FC and EL. To overcome this, we will shift from PEM-based cells to 1) pure anion-conducting polymer-electrolytes and 2) to bipolar-membrane polymer electrolytes. The latter comprises anion and proton conducting ionomers and a junction. Bipolar membranes allow adapting the pH at each electrode, thereby opening the door to improved performance or PGM-free catalysts. Both strategies carry the potentiality to eliminate or drastically reduce the need for PGM while maintaining the advantages of PEM-based devices.

In strategy 1, novel anion-exchange ionomers and membranes will be developed and interfaced with catalysts based on Earth-abundant metal oxides or metal-carbon composites for the oxygen reactions, and with ultralow PGM or PGM-free catalysts for the hydrogen reactions.

In strategy 2, novel bipolar membrane designs, or designs unexplored for FC & EL, will be developed and interfaced with catalysts for the oxygen reactions (high pH side of the bipolar membrane) and with catalysts for the hydrogen reactions (low pH side). The ionomers and oxygen reaction catalysts developed in strategy 1 will be equally useful for strategy 2, while identified PGM-free and ultralow-PGM catalysts will be implemented for the hydrogen reactions on the acidic side.

Polymer-electrolyte FC & EL based on those concepts will be evaluated for targeted applications, i.e. photovoltaic electricity storage, off-grid back-up power and H2 production. The targeted market is distributed small-scale systems.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
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UNIVERSITE DE MONTPELLIER
France
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163 Rue Auguste Broussonnet
34090 Montpellier

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Occitanie Languedoc-Roussillon Hérault
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€ 0,00
FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT CATALA D'INVESTIGACIO QUIMICA
Spain
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€ 350 625,00
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Avenida Paissos Catalans 16
43007 Tarragona

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Este Cataluña Tarragona
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AALTO KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR
Finland
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€ 474 588,75
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Otakaari 1
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
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FUMATECH BWT GMBH
Germany
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€ 512 375,00
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Carl Benz Strasse 4
74321 Bietigheim Bissingen

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Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Ludwigsburg
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TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
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Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa

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ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED
United Kingdom
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€ 374 200,00
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Atlas Way 22
S4 7QQ Sheffield

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Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
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EIFER EUROPAISCHES INSTITUT FUR ENERGIEFORSCHUNG EDF KIT EWIV
Germany
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Emmy Noether Strasse 11
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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA
Italy
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€ 403 750,00
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Via Cracovia 50
00133 Roma

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FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH
Germany
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Wilhelm Johnen Strasse
52428 Julich

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PRETEXO
France
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58 Avenue D'occitanie Bat J2 Apt 193
34090 Montpellier

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Yes
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Occitanie Languedoc-Roussillon Hérault
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€ 0,00
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
United States
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Huntington Avenue 360 960 Rp
02115 Boston Ma

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€ 162 500,00