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COst & PERformaNces Improvement for Cgh2 composite tanks

Objective

A certain level of maturity of on-board compressed gaseous storage systems have been demonstrated through large Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) deployment projects like Clean Energy Partnership (100+ FCEVs). In addition, major car companies have confirmed their intent to start production by 2015. Nevertheless, major issues still remain to be addressed:
- VOLUME: Actual CGH2 tank production is far from being capable of feeding the volume requested by the automotive industry.
Therefore, current manufacturing equipment and production strategies are not designed for addressing such a market.
- COSTS: Latest techno-economic analysis (DoE 05/2011) are still forecasting that industrial costs for 700bar CGH2 tanks may remain 4 to 5 times higher than expected targets.
This is particularly critical with respect to a massive deployment of FCEV.
COPERNIC will address the two major targets: performance improvements and cost reduction of 70MPa TypeIV composite vessels for automotive application in order to achieve targets and lead to rapid industrial exploitation owing to the strong contribution of 4 SME and industrial partners in the consortium. It will provide real scale demonstration on a pilot manufacturing line quantitative and technical and economic assessment of strategies including evolution of materials, components, processes and designs.
Therefore, in full consistency with the call Topic, the COPERNIC project will contribute to:
- Increase the maturity and competitiveness of CGH2 manufacturing processes evolving from classical automotive manufacturing technologies or concepts.
- Decrease costs while improving composite quality, manufacturing productivity and using optimized composite design, materials and components.
The scope of work has been defined taking into account past project outcomes (STORHY) and on-going project objectives (HYCOMP). COPERNIC will ensure that the deployment of FCEV is not inhibited by prohibitive high-pressure tanks cost or availability.

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

Address

Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 726 888,10

Administrative Contact

Jean-Philippe Nicolai (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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RAIGI SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 239 841,89

SYMBIOFCELL SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 70 709

HOCHDRUCK REDUZIERTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 24 810

POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 270 571,20

OPTIMUM CPV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 446 527,43

NEL HYDROGEN AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 53 424,80

ANLEG GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 152 027,94

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 325330

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2013

  • End date

    30 November 2016

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 514 791,16

  • EU contribution

    € 1 984 800,36

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France