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Fluid Management component improvement for Back up fuel cell systems

Objective

The FluMaBack (Fluid Management component improvement for Back up fuel cell systems) project aims at improving the performance, life time and cost of balance of plant (BOP) components of back up fuel cell systems specifically developed to face back-out periods of around 1,000h/year for specific markets: USA, Africa and North Europe where hard operative conditions are present (high and low temperatures). The improvement of system components addressed in this project will benefit both back-up and CHP applications.
The project focuses on new design and improvement of BOP components for utilization in PEMFC based stationary power applications, aimed at:
- improving BOP components performance, in terms of reliability;
- improving the lifetime of BOP component both at component and at a system level;
- reducing cost in a mass production perspective;
- simplifying the manufacturing/assembly process of the entire fuel cell system.
While in recent years the performance and durability of the PEMFC have increased and the cost has decreased at the same time, performance, durability and costs of BOP components have basically stayed the same. So, for improvements on performance, durability and cost of the fuel cell system, R&D dedicated on BOP components have become essential. The project is focussed on the most critical BOP components with the largest potential for performance improvement and cost reductions:
- Air and fluid flow equipments, including subcomponents and more specifically blower and recirculation pumps
- Humidifier
- Heat exchanger
Specific targets in terms of efficiency, lifetime and cost have been pointed out for each BOP component to be developed.
The project will have a duration of 3 years to guarantee the achievement of all project targets.
The consortium consists of large and small entities which are R&D centres, BoP components developers and manufacturers, fuel cells stack and fuel cell system developers and manufacturers. Partners are located throughout the EU: Italy, Spain, The Netherland and Slovenia.
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Coordinator

ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS MANUFACTURINGSRL

Address

Piazza Del Tricolore 4
20129 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 404 372,20

Administrative Contact

Ilaria Rosso (Mrs.)

Participants (9)

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DOMEL ELEKTROMOTORJI IN GOSPODINJSKI APARATI D.O.O.

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 509 440

TUBIFLEX SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 347 914

PARCO SCIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO PER LAMBIENTE ENVIRONMENT PARK TORINO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 140 600

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 236 200

FUNDACION PARA EL DESARROLLO DE LAS NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS DEL HIDROGENO EN ARAGON

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 182 388

NEDSTACK FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 249 588

ONDA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 78 400

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 278 067

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 56 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 301782

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 July 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2015

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 999 005,80

  • EU contribution

    € 2 482 969,20

Coordinated by:

ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS MANUFACTURINGSRL

Italy