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Novel materials and system designs for low cost, efficient and durable PEM electrolysers

Objective

Water electrolysis based on PEM technology has demonstrated its applicability to produce hydrogen and oxygen in a clean and safe way. Systems have been demonstrated in a wide range of niche applications with capacities from << 1 Nl/hrs to 30 Nm^3/hrs.

PEM electrolysers offer efficiency, safety and compactness benefits over alkaline electrolysers. However, these benefits have not been fully realised in distributed hydrogen generation principally due to high capital costs.

Principal reasons for high capital costs of present state of the art PEM electrolyser are:
- use of expensive materials (noble metals, perfluorinated ion-exchange membranes),
- high material usage (e.g. catalyst loading, thickness of bipolar plates),
- limited durability of the main components (membrane, electrode, current collectors and bipolar plates),
- complex stack design

This project will take advantage of the progress beyond the state of the art achieved by the partners involved in the NEXPEL project. In the initial phase of this project, durability studies of electrolyser stacks developed in NEXPEL will be performed. The stacks will be run at different operating conditions (low pressure, constant load, fluctuating load coupled with RES). Invaluable data and post mortem analyses can be extracted from this demonstration part of NEXPEL and fed into the further development of novel materials for and design of cost competitive, high efficiency, small scale PEM electrolysers for home/community use.

The functionality of the novel materials will be proved on the laboratory scale with a small electrolysis stack in the 1-kWel range. By minimising electrochemical losses in the stack, a system design will be developed which enables an overall efficiency > 70 % (LHV). The improved materials will also be made available to current developers of PEM electrolysers to allow them to quantify the benefits, and to provide early feedback that will drive ongoing performance improvements

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Coordinator

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 522 088
Administrative Contact
Tove Lillian Hønstad (Ms.)

Participants (8)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 328 830
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 415 123
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)
AREVA STOCKAGE D'ENERGIE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 324 815
Address
Bâtiment Jules Verne, Domaine Du Petit Arbois
13545 Aix-en-provence
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pierre Bolenor (Mr.)
JOHNSON MATTHEY FUEL CELLS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 321 376
Address
Farringdon Street 25
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graham Hards (Mr.)
TEER COATINGS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 345 302
Address
West Stone House West Stone Berry Hill Industrial Estate
WR9 9AS Droitwich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kevin Cooke (Dr.)
BENEQ OY

Participation ended

Finland
EU contribution
€ 13 690
Address
Olarinluoma 9
02200 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Risto Laakso (Mr.)
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 392 133
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irene Walthert (Ms.)
ELOGEN
France
Address
8 Avenue Du Parana - Za De Courta Boeuf
91940 Les Ulis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catherine Martin (Ms.)