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Direct ElectroChemical Oxidation Reaction of Ethanol: optimization of the catalyst/support assembly for high temperature operation (DECORE)

Objective

The main general goal of DECORE is to achieve the fundamental knowledge needed for the development of a fuel cell (FC) electrode, which can operate efficiently (both in terms of activity and selectivity) as the anode of a direct ethanol (EOH) FC (DEFC) in the temperature range between 150-200 °C (intermediate-T). Such a technology is still lacking in the market. The choice for EOH as an alternative energy source is well founded on the abundance of bioethanol, and on the relatively simpler storage and use with respect to other energy carriers. The intermediate-T is required for an efficient and selective total conversion of EOH to CO2, so exploiting the maximum number of electrons in the DEFC. DECORE will explore the use of fully innovative supports (based on titanium oxycarbide, TiOxCy) and nano-catalysts (based on group 6 metal carbides, MCx, M=Mo,W), which have never been tested in literature as anodes for DEFCs. The new support is expected to be more durable than standard carbon supports at the targeted temperature. The innovative nano-catalysts would be noble-metal free, so reducing Europe’s reliance on imported precious metals. To tailor the needed materials, the active role of the support and nano-catalyst will be studied at atomic level. Demonstrating an activity of such nano-catalyst/support assembly at intermediate-T would open a novel route where DEFCs with strongly reduced production costs would have an impact on a fast industrialisation. The power range for the envisioned application is of the order of hundreds of Watts, i.e. the so called distributed generation, having an impact for devices such as weather stations, medical devices, signal units, auxiliary power units, gas sensors and security cameras. By the end of the project, a bench-top single DEFC operating at intermediate-T will be built and tested.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Italy

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Modenato (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 501 450,80

Participants (8)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

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Germany
EU contribution
€ 198 494,27
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 130 000
Address
Piazza Dell'ateneo Nuovo 1
20126 Milano

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Francesco Maggio (Mr.)
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 530 454
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivan Kristoffersen (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 370 000
Address
Padre Herrera S/n
38200 San Cristobal De La Laguna

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
María De La Luz Estévez Ravelo (Ms.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 212 160
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Serena Orsi (Ms.)
elcomax GmbH

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Germany
EU contribution
€ 3 542,59
Address
Bayerwaldstr. 3
81737 München

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Horst Ringer (Mr.)
ELCORE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 152 457
Address
Bayerwaldstrasse 3
81737 Munchen

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Manfred Stefener (Dr.)
UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK
Austria
EU contribution
€ 243 105,34
Address
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julia Kunze-Liebhäuser (Prof.)