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Next-Generation PEM Electrolyser for Sustainable Hydrogen Production

Objective

The main objective of the NEXPEL project, a successful demonstration of an efficient PEM electrolyser integrated with Renewable Energy Sources, supports the overall vision to establish hydrogen as an energy carrier in a large range of applications in the near future. The very ambitious objectives in the call will be addressed by a top class European consortium which is carefully balanced between leading R&D organisations and major industrial actors from 4 member states. An iterative approach between system, sub systems and components will be applied to define its cost, performance and ecological targets. This will be accompanied by a design to cost exercise as part of the life cycle analysis. Efficiency greater than 75% will be achieved by - developing more effective electrodes - adapting highly conductive new membrane materials - increasing the operating temperature for increased kinetics - lowering the hydrogen cross over using denser membranes - increasing the system pressure to reduce pump losses A stack life time towards 40 000 h will be achieved by - reducing hydrogen cross over reducing chemical degradation by peroxides - developing more stable catalysts, porous current collectors and bipolar plates - designing stack which minimizes temperature and mechanical stress gradients - developing high efficient advanced power electronic minimising load stress for the electrolyser Reducing system costs to EURO 5,000/Nm3 is a major driving force and will be addressed by - replacing/reducing of expensive materials (PFSA membrane, Pt loading, titanium) - increasing the performance of components and sub-systems - simplifying the system - developing components suitable for mass production The consortium is confident that the dissemination and exploitation of the project will create considerable impact especially in terms of Europe’s energy security, reducing greenhouse gas emission and increasing Europe’s competitiveness.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FCH-JU-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

JTI-CP-FCH - Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)

Coordinator

STIFTELSEN SINTEF
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 317 113
Administrative Contact
Magnus Skinlo Thomassen (Dr.)

Participants (6)

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 59 166
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sarah Page (Ms.)
FUMATECH BWT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 140 235
Address
Carl Benz Strasse 4
74321 Bietigheim Bissingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bernd Bauer (Dr.)
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
France
EU contribution
€ 177 008
Address
Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yves Hussenot (Mr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 689
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maximilian Steiert (Mr.)
AREVA STOCKAGE D'ENERGIE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 181 736
Address
Bâtiment Jules Verne, Domaine Du Petit Arbois
13545 Aix-en-provence
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Nietsch (Dr.)
EQUINOR ASA
Norway
EU contribution
€ 128 339
Address
Forusbeen 50
4035 Stavanger
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Elizabeth Baumann Ofstad (Ms.)