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Continuous monitoring systems for the SAFE storage, distribution and usage of Hydrogen POWER for transport

Objective

The limited supplies of traditional fossil fuels and environmental damage caused by their CO2 emissions have caused a growing interest in the exploitation of renewable energy sources. By far the most promising replacement fuel for road transport is hydrogen because of its abundance, efficiency, low footprint for carbon and the absence of other harmful emissions. In 2015 it is expected that the number of hydrogen fuel installations will exceed a hundred thousand units.

Because hydrogen can react explosively with air there is inevitably public apprehension about using hydrogen as a mass market fuel that can inhibit wider commercialisation. Technical issues regarding hydrogen storage leakage are (i) the small size of the H molecule which causes it to diffuse through relatively open structured materials such as composites, and (ii) the phenomenon of Hydrogen Embrittlement (HE) which seriously reduces the strength of metals in extended contact with hydrogen. In order to greatly improve public confidence in the safety of hydrogen fuel, to address the technical issues, and thus facilitate the rapid commercialisation of hydrogen powered road transport, this project will develop a technology that will detect leaks and structural weakening of containment vessels caused by HE. This will prevent catastrophic failure of vessels which can actually occur before even small leaks arise. Particularly, the project goal is to develop novel tangential neutron radiography and acoustic emission (AE) techniques in combination for the reliable and cost effective continuous monitoring of the integrity of hydrogen storage tanks at central depots, service stations and on vehicles i.e. at every point of hydrogen storage along the supply chain from the production plant to the fuel tank on a hydrogen powered vehicle. The novelty of neutron radiography is that it exploits stored hydrogen as a contrast medium for the exposure of tank defects.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FLOTEKS PLASTIK SANAYI VE TICARET AS
Address
Dosab Fulya Sokak 7
16245 Demirtas Bursa
Turkey
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 267 229,50
Administrative Contact
Veysel Celal Beysel (Mr.)

Participants (6)

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 271 229,40
Address
Hildersham Road North Wing The Old Livery
CB21 6DR Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Munawar A. Dossul (Mr.)
ACCENT PRO 2000 s.r.l.
Romania
EU contribution
€ 257 769,90
Address
Str Nerva Traian 1 K6 Sc 1 Ap 26 Sector 3
031041 Bucuresti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mihai Iovea (Dr.)
PURE ENERGY CENTRE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 43 078
Address
Hagdale Industrial Estate Unit 3 Baltasound
ZE2 9DS Unst Shetland Isles
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Johnson (Ms.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 42 964
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Debbie Mcconnell (Mrs.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 32 035,20
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 31 694
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanakis (Ms.)