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Fuel Cell Based Power Generation

Fuel Cell Based Power Generation

Objective

For truck applications the increasing demand for electrical power when the vehicle stands still has lead to an increasing need for an on-board electric power generator which operates with high efficiency and very low emissions. A fuel cell based auxiliary power unit (APU), with a diesel fuel processor is regarded as one of the most interesting options since it combines high efficiency, low emissions and the use of the same fuel as the main engine. The overall objectives of FCGEN wer to develop and demonstrate a proof-of-concept complete fuel cell auxiliary power unit in a real application, onboard a truck. However, the vehicle demonstration objective was changed to laboratory demonstration as the project partner, CRF, who was responsible for the vehicle demonstration work package and providing the demonstration truck has left the project after 24 months and it was not possible for the FCGEN consortium to find a suitable replacement for CRF. The APU system consisting of a low-temperature PEM fuel cell, a diesel fuel processor and necessary balance of plant components will be designed to meet automotive requirements regarding e.g. size, mechanical tolerances, durability etc. High targets are set for energy efficiency and therefore this will significantly lead to emissions reductions and greener transport solutions in line with EU targets. A key point in the project is the development of a fuel processing system that can handle logistic fuels. A fuel processor consisting of autothermal reformer, desulphurization unit, water-gas-shift reactor, reactor for the preferential oxidation of CO, will be developed. The fuel processor will be developed for and tested on standard available low sulphur diesel fuel both for the European and US fuel qualities. Another key point is the development of an efficient and reliable control system for the APU, systems, including both hardware and software modules. In the final demonstration, the fuel cell based APU will be tested in laboratory environment as the first step in a defined plan towards Vehicle demonstration.
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Coordinator

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Address

Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana

Slovenia

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 497 540

Administrative Contact

Bostjan Pregelj (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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INSTITUT FUER MIKROTECHNIK MAINZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 376 928

Powercell Sweden AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 1 523 897

FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 817 130

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 300 688

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 150 066

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 154 828

MODELON AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 189 807

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 277844

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2011

  • End date

    31 May 2015

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 309 998

  • EU contribution

    € 4 010 884

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia