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Development of a Portable Internal Reforming Methanol High Temperature PEM Fuel Cell System

Development of a Portable Internal Reforming Methanol High Temperature PEM Fuel Cell System

Objective

The complexity of the balance of plant of a fuel cell-fuel processor unit challenges the design/development/demonstration of compact and user friendly fuel cell power systems for portable applications. An Internal Reforming Methanol Fuel Cell (IRMFC) stack poses a highly potential technological challenge for High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (HT-PEMFCs) in portable applications. It aims at opening new scientific and engineering prospects, which may allow easier market penetration of the fuel cells. The core of innovation of IRMFC is the incorporation of a methanol reforming catalyst in the anode compartment or in between the bipolar plates of a High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (HT-PEMFC). In order to obtain an economically technologically viable solution, low-cost materials with certain functional specifications within 200-220oC (electrolytes, catalysts and bipolar plates) and production techniques, with easy maintenance and high durability will be employed. Taking advantage of the innovative outcomes of the ending FCH-JU IRAFC 245202 project, the functionality of MeOH-fuelled integrated 100 W system will be demonstrated. IRMFC partnership brings together specialists in catalysis (FORTH, UMCS, ZBT, IMM), HT polymer electrolytes (UPAT, ADVENT, FORTH), as well as the technological know-how to design, construct and test balance-of-plant components and HT-PEMFC stacks (IMM, ZBT, ENERFUEL, JRC-IET, ADVENT). Special role is adapted throughout the project for end-user/system integrators (ENERFUEL, ARPEDON) with respect to emerging portable applications. In particular Advent’s joint development with HT PEM dedicated and recognized industrial partners like Enerfuel (USA) gives the ability to adopt and integrate the advanced technological know-how of the two companies toward the manufacture of a product that will have all assets to penetrate fuel cell early market business.
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FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

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Greece

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 352 680

Administrative Contact

Andreas Plagakis (Mr.)

Participants (9)

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INSTITUT FUER MIKROTECHNIK MAINZ GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 25 112,44

ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES AE EREUNAS & ANAPTYXIS YLIKON & PROIONTONANANEOSIMON PIGON ENERGEIAS & SYNAFON SYMVOULEFTIKON Y PIRESION*ADVEN

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 164 320

UNIWERSYTET MARII CURIE-SKLODOWSKIEJ

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 125 680

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 291 754,56

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 180 104

ZENTRUM FUR BRENNSTOFFZELLEN-TECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 309 390

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 93 797

ENERFUEL INC

United States

EU Contribution

€ 10 000

ARPEDON METRITIKES DIATAXEIS KAI ORGANA MICHANIMATA YPRESIES EPE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 33 200

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 325358

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2013

  • End date

    31 October 2016

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 440 043,65

  • EU contribution

    € 1 586 038

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FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS

Greece