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Thermoplastic Hydrogen tanks Optimised and Recyclable

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 826262

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 853 958,75

  • EU contribution

    € 2 853 958,75

Coordinated by:

FAURECIA SYSTEMES D ECHAPPEMENT SAS

France

Objective

THOR aims at developing a cost-effective thermoplastic composite pressure vessel for hydrogen storage both for vehicle and for transportation applications. Thermoplastics appear as a promising solution to the challenges faced by conventional tanks in terms of compatibility with hydrogen service and with mass automotive market requirements. The use of thermoplastic materials, advanced numerical modeling techniques and innovative manufacturing processes will boost the performance, improve safety, enable optimized tank geometry and weight (reduction of 10%) and reduce the cost for mass production (400€/kg of H2 stored for 30 000 tanks/year). A series of tests extracted from demanding automotive standards will validate all the requirements and demonstrate that thermoplastic tanks outperform thermoset ones. The consortium is representative of the hydrogen supply chain, from technology developer to manufacturer and end-user enhancing market uptake: a disruptive technology provider with successful commercial experience of thermoplastic tanks (COVESS), an ambitious Tier One supplier targeting a wide market introduction towards all OEMs (FAURECIA), an industrial gas expert with a long history related to hydrogen and a complementary end-user of tanks for hydrogen supply and refueling station operations (AIR LIQUIDE). This core industrial team is limited in purpose to avoid possible future commercial conflicts of interests and backed up with top research expertise to address all the identified challenges: an innovation center for material research with important tank scale testing capacity (CSM), a technology center in the fields of composite materials, manufacturing, automation, and testing (SIRRIS), academic teams with strong experience of composite materials and non-destructive testing (NTNU) and of thermo-mechanical materials behavior under fire aggression (CNRS) and a technical center with an innovative recycling technology for thermoplastic composites (CETIM-CERMAT).

Coordinator

FAURECIA SYSTEMES D ECHAPPEMENT SAS

Address

23-27 Avenue Des Champs Pierreux
92000 Nanterre

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 427 693,75

Participants (7)

COVESS NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 618 392,50

L AIR LIQUIDE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 247 902,50

RINA CONSULTING - CENTRO SVILUPPO MATERIALI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 300 875

SIRRIS HET COLLECTIEF CENTRUM VAN DE TECHNOLOGISCHE INDUSTRIE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 474 187,50

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 366 605

CETIM GRAND EST

France

EU Contribution

€ 157 687,50

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 260 615

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 826262

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.6.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 853 958,75

  • EU contribution

    € 2 853 958,75

Coordinated by:

FAURECIA SYSTEMES D ECHAPPEMENT SAS

France