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PRessurIzed PEM electrOLYZER

Objective

The primary objective of the PrimoLyser project is to develop, construct, and test a cost-minimised highly efficient and durable PEM-electrolyser stack aimed for integrated with domestic µCHPs through a combination of the following activities:
1) Specification done by the end-user(s);
2) Basic material R&D on catalyst & membrane to increase durability & efficiency while reducing cost;
3) Process development to fabricate high performance MEAs;
4) Engineering of a durable, reliable, and robust high pressure PEM stack through CFD modelling and design optimisation;
5) Continuous test for 2,000 hours together with a 1.5 kW µCHP; and
6) An evaluation headed by the end-user(s)

The key-targets for the stack are as follows:
A) Hydrogen production capacity: 1 Nm3/h;
B) Pressure: 10 MPa (100 bar);
C) 1.68 V @ 1.2 A/cm2 not only at BoL but also after 2,000 hours of continuous operation;
D) Cost: <5,000 € per Nm3 H2 production capacity per hour in series production; and
E) Durability: >20,000 hours @ constant load

Furthermore, the stack will be liquid cooled to enhance durability and enable easy heat utilisation. This is important as a PEM electrolyser operated with renewable will run when the electricity is cheap and therefore not simultaneous with the µCHP.
The PrimoLyser project is scheduled for 2.5 years. The present proposal is phase I in a 2 step development, where phase II will comprise BoP development & full integration of the electrolyser with a µCHP followed by a field test.
The Consortium is well balanced, with the following 6 partners complementing one another to achieve the project target goals: i) A PEM FC manufacturing company (IRD Fuel Cells A/S [SME], DK); ii) 3 research centres and universities VTT (FI), Åbo Akademi (FI) & ECN (NL); iii) A leading manufacturer of ion exchange polymers and membranes (Fumatech (DE)); and iv) A subsidiary utility company (Abengoa-Hynergreen [ES])
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Coordinator

IRD FUEL CELLS A/S

Address

Emil Neckelmanns Vej 15a
5220 Fraugde

Denmark

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 449 130

Administrative Contact

Laila Grahl-Maden (Dr.)

Participants (5)

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STICHTING ENERGIEONDERZOEK CENTRUM NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 92 614

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 337 256

FUMATECH BWT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 159 813

ABENGOA INNOVACION SOCIEDAD ANONIMA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 43 040

ABO AKADEMI

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 72 170

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245228

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    30 June 2012

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 619 754

  • EU contribution

    € 1 154 023

Coordinated by:

IRD FUEL CELLS A/S

Denmark