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The Integration and demonstration of Large Stationary Fuel Cell Systems for Distributed Generation

Objective

Certain industries, such as chemical production or petroleum refining have been identified as producing quantities of by-product hydrogen that can be used to produce clean, load-following power on a distributed basis, reducing reliance on fossil fuels. While the chemical production industry generally acknowledges the potential value of stationary fuel cell applications, the lack of multiple megawatt-scale European reference sites is a significant barrier to widespread adoption.
The CLEARgen Demo proposal aims to address this need. DANTHERM (Denmark), supported by Ballard Power Systems (Canada), will make design improvements to the existing ClearGen(tm) system, building parts for a one-megawatt fuel cell system to meet the specific requirements of European customers. DANTHERM will also manage the project. HDF (France) will design installations, integrate, commission and operate the system at a demonstration site provided by AQUIPAC (France), validating and maintaining system performance over the duration of a two and a half year demonstration period. HDF will also realize all procedures for permitting, will prepare the site and will install facilities. JEMA (Spain) will be in charge of electrical integration of the fuel cell system to injecting electricity in the public grid. The CNRS-ICMCB (France) will be responsible for data analysis and dissemination of results. The total project duration is approximately sixty-five months.

The objectives of the CLEARgen Demo Project are:
1) The development and construction of a large scale fuel cell system, purpose-built for the European market,
2) The validation of the technical and economic readiness of the fuel cell system at the megawatt scale, and
3) The field demonstration and development of megawatt scale system at a European chemical production plant.
The demonstration site was chosen for the ability to provide a strong reference case so as to convince future operators of the relevance of large scale stationary fuel cell applications.

Coordinator

BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS

Address

Majsmarken 1
9500 Hobro

Denmark

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 272 160

Administrative Contact

Kristina F Juelsgaard (Mrs.)

Participants (7)

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HYDROGENE DE FRANCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 3 547 203

AQUIPAC SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 566 882

JEMA ENERGY SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 71 205

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 47 645

LOGAN ENERGY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 85 000

LINDE GAS MAGYARORSZAG ZARTKORUEN MUKODO RESZVENYTARSASAG

Hungary

BUDAPESTI MUSZAKI ES GAZDASAGTUDOMANYI EGYETEM

Hungary

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 303458

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2012

  • End date

    30 June 2020

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 578 142,60

  • EU contribution

    € 4 590 095

Coordinated by:

BALLARD POWER SYSTEMS EUROPE AS

Denmark