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Biodiesel fuel processor for a fuel cell auxiliary power unit for a vehicle

Objective

The BIOFEAT project will develop, design, build and test a biodiesel fuel processor for a vehicle auxiliary power unit (APU) utilising a PEMFC or SOFC. An APU enables electrical power, which is used for control, lights, air conditioning etc., to be generated independently from the traction power train. Analyses of the motor industry requirements show an expanding market for APUs. The use of biodiesel as a fuel for traction is being encouraged in the EC as it is renewable, potentially offering greater efficiency and lower emissions. The use of biodiesel for the APU is logistically desirable. Novel processing techniques will be evaluated for the primary process step for the conversion of biodiesel to a hydrogen rich gas. A gas clean-up stage will be developed for PEMFC use. The final deliverable will be a modular 10kWe fuel processor and design, supported by a design tool.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino (Turin)
Italy

Participants (6)

BEKAERT ADVANCED COATINGS NV
Belgium
Address
E-3 Laan 75-79
Deinze
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A.
Italy
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
ENERGY RESEARCH CENTRE OF THE NETHERLANDS
Netherlands
Address
Westerduinweg 3
1755 ZG Petten
JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC (TRADING AS SYNETIX)
United Kingdom
Address
Blount's Court, Sonning Common
RG4 9NH Reading
SCANDIUZZI S.R.L
Italy
Address
Via Piave, 14
31040 Volpago Del Montello
UNIVERSITAET DUISBURG-ESSEN
Germany
Address
Universitaetstrasse 2
45117 Essen