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IMprove PEMFC with Advanced water management and gas diffusion Layers for Automotive application

Objective

"The purpose of the IMPALA project is to manufacture improved GDL to increase performance (up to 1 W/cm²) and durability of PEMFC for automotive applications. Two approaches will be followed: i) Homogeneous GDL will be modified to ensure a better water management on anode and on cathode side (formulation of the MPL, wettability, stability of the hydrophobic treatment, hydrophilic layers, and conductive additives). Most of these modifications should be transferable to industry. ii) More innovative non uniform GDL will be manufactured to adjust their local properties to the non uniform local operating conditions of a PEMFC (gradients of porosity and of wettability, patterns of hole). This is a higher risk approach as some modifications could be difficult to transfer to industry but the improvements should be higher and lead to breakthrough GDL.
This technological work will be supported by a deep water management analysis combining the most advanced two-phase models (Pore Network Modelling) and the most advanced experimental diagnostics (liquid visualisation by X-Ray, local instrumentation). This will allow having a much better understanding on water management and on the link between main properties of GDL (thickness, pore size and wettability distribution…) and their performance in PEMFC. This will ensure important scientific progress and provide recommendations for design.
The project is focused on standard automotive conditions but special attention will be paid to ensure the improvements will be valid for higher operating temperatures and different stack design for back-up applications.
The consortium gathers the necessary international complementary leading expertise to reach the project targets: INPT: two-phase modelling, PSI: X-Ray visualisation, JRC: modelling and tests, CEA: performance modelling, tests and modification of GDL, DLR: characterization, SGL: manufacturing performing GDL, and NEDSTACK: stack tests for automotive and back-up application."

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2011-1
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Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
France
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 886 684
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)

Participants (6)

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUR LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 628 821
Address
Linder Hohe
51147 Koln
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carolin Dolde (Ms.)
PAUL SCHERRER INSTITUT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 516 102
Address
Forschungstrasse 111
5232 Villigen Psi
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irene Walthert (Ms.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Josephina Pijls (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL POLYTECHNIQUE DE TOULOUSE
France
EU contribution
€ 259 388
Address
Allee Emile Monso 6
31029 Toulouse Cedex 4
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hervé Perthuis (Mr.)
SGL CARBON GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 167 160
Address
Werner Von Siemens Strasse 18
86405 Meitingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herbert Kessler (Mr.)
NEDSTACK FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 182 380
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73 Gebouw 533
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lute Huiting (Mr.)