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Enhanced performance and cost-effective materials for long-term operation of PEM water electrolysers coupled to renewable power sources

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 300081

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2015

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 842 312

  • EU contribution

    € 1 352 771

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

Objective

"The overall objective of the ELECTROHYPEM project is to develop cost-effective components for proton conducting membrane electrolysers with enhanced activity and stability in order to reduce stack and system costs and to improve efficiency, performance and durability. The focus of the project is concerning mainly with low-cost electrocatalysts and membrane development. The project is addressing the validation of these materials in a PEM electrolyser (1 Nm3 H2/h) for residential applications in the presence of renewable power sources. The aim is to contribute to the road-map addressing the achievement of a wide scale decentralised hydrogen production infrastructure. Polymer electrolytes developed in the project concern with novel chemically stabilised ionomers and sulphonated PBI or polysulfone hydrocarbon membranes, as well as their composites with inorganic fillers, characterised by high conductivity and better resistance than conventional Nafion membranes to H2-O2 cross-over and mechanical degradation under high pressure operation. Low noble-metal loading nanosized mixed-oxides (IrRuMOx) oxygen evolution electrocatalysts, highly dispersed on high surface area conductive doped-oxide (TiNbOx, TiTaOx, SnSbOx) or sub-oxides (Ti4O7-like ) will be developed together with novel supported non-precious oxygen evolution electrocatalysts prepared by electrospinning. After appropriate screening of active materials (supports, catalyst, membranes, ionomers) and non-active stack hardware (bipolar plates, coatings) in single cell and short stack, these components will be validated in a PEM electrolyser prototype operating at high pressure in a wide temperature range. The stack will be integrated in a system and assessed in terms of durability under steady-state operating conditions as well as in the presence of current profiles simulating intermittent conditions."
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Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 247 283

Administrative Contact

Antonino Salvatore Arico' (Dr.)

Participants (5)

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 90 932

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 243 839

SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 176 690

ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 363 182

TRE SPA TOZZI RENEWABLE ENERGY

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 230 845

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 300081

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2015

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 842 312

  • EU contribution

    € 1 352 771

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

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