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

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.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Address

Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 501 450,80

Administrative Contact

Anna Modenato (Dr.)

Participants (8)

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 198 494,27

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 130 000

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 530 454

UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 370 000

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 212 160

elcomax GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 3 542,59

ELCORE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 152 457

UNIVERSITAET INNSBRUCK

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 243 105,34

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 309741

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2013

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 070 020,54

  • EU contribution

    € 2 341 664

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

Italy