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Development of the optimum AGRAL cermet manufacturing process for aluminium inert anode application and fuel cell interconnect plates.

Objective

The AGRAL (Advanced Green Aluminium anode) project will aim at developing the manufacturing technologies of a specific cermet (called AGRAL cermet within this proposal) that has shown at lab scale outstanding properties in high temperature and corrosive media i.e. aluminium electrolysis. Furthermore, this AGRAL cermet enables Aluminium Pechiney, leader of this project, to consider the replacement of their current carbon anode by this inert anode thus decreasing to zero the CO2 emission during electrolysis process. Furthermore this AGRAL cermet will be tested for two applications: aluminium electrolysis (for the manufacturing of an inert anode up to industrial scale) and for protection of interconnect plates in hydrogen and fuel cell application (up to pre-prototype scale). This AGRAL cermet will be used as an inert anode in the Aluminium industry. Thanks to the inert anode, it is expected to decrease by a minimum of 50% of CO2 emissions compared to currently used carbon anode. Then, the transfer to the fuel and hydrogen cell applications will be studied.
To reach the objectives, the partners will aim at:
- Developing the manufacturing process for the AGRAL cermet coating for aluminium electrolysis
o The Thermal Spray coatings: HVOF (combined eventually with Cold Spray ) and eGun (HVOF with ethanol, technology developed by Flame Spray Technologies)
o The Powder Metallurgy Process : HIP and Ultraflex (technology developed by Kennametal Stellite)
The final manufacturing process will be adapted to large dimension (an anode is 1m long) and to complex shape (plates, grid).
- Developing qualification test for real scale inert anode to detect failure of the anode operation
- Developing the manufacturing process for the AGRAL cermet coating for hydrogen and fuel cell interconnect plates
The economic viability and the environmental impact of both the inert anode and its manufacturing process and the fuel cell application along their whole life cycle, will be monitored.

Coordinator

ALUMINIUM PECHINEY
Net EU contribution
€ 2 250 961,51
Address
725 Rue Aristide Berges
38340 Voreppe
France

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Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Isère
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 2 296 558,28

Participants (11)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 452 971,25
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FLAME SPRAY TECHNOLOGIES B.V.
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 418 554,67
Address
Dijkgraaf 40
6921 RL Duiven

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Arnhem/Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 418 554,66
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

FLAME SPRAY TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 15 000,00
Address
Arthur Street 1
NP11 7GX Newport

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Wales West Wales and The Valleys Gwent Valleys
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 15 000,00
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 859 623,51
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ECOINNOVAZIONE SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 154 785,63
Address
Via Massimo D Azeglio 51
40123 Bologna

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Bologna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 154 785,62
ECOLE CENTRALE DE LYON
France
Net EU contribution
€ 354 500,00
Address
Avenue Guy De Collongue 36
69134 Ecully

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Region
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Rhône-Alpes Rhône
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CRONITE CZ SRO
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 55 860,00
Address
Skrobarenska 484/8
61700 Brno

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Region
Jihovýchod Jihomoravský kraj
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 55 860,00
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

CRONITE MANCELLE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 142 422,50
Address
Route Du Lude
72230 Arnage

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Region
Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire Sarthe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 142 422,50
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 402 238,38
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Städteregion Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BODYCOTE SPECIALIST TECHNOLOGIES DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 116 888,05
Address
Schiessstrasse 55
40549 Dusseldorf

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Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf Düsseldorf, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 116 888,05
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

BODYCOTE H.I.P LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 8 340,63
Address
Springwood Court Springwood Close, Tytherington Business Park
SK102XF Macclesfield

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Region
North West (England) Cheshire Cheshire East
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 8 340,62