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Long-life PEM-FCH &CHP systems at temperatures higher than100°C

Long-life PEM-FCH &CHP systems at temperatures higher than100°C

Objective

The present proposal aims at the development of SPG&CHP systems based on Polymeric Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Hydrogen (PEMFCH). A drawback in the state-of-the-art systems is the too low operating temperatures (70-80°C) of PEMFCHs for cogeneration purposes. Operating temperatures above 100°C would have several advantages including easier warm water distribution in buildings, reduced anode poisoning due to carbon monoxide impurities in the fuel and improved fuel oxidation kinetics. A PEMFCH operating in the temperature range of 100-130°C is highly desirable and could be decisive for the development of SPG&CHP systems based on PEMFCHs. The main objective of the present project is to give a clear demonstration that long-life SPG&CHP systems based on PEMFCHs operating above 100°C can now be developed on the basis of recent knowledge on the degradation mechanisms of ionomeric membranes and on innovative synthetic approaches recently disclosed by some participants of this project. Main research tasks: (1) Develop long life (longer 40000 hrs) perfluoro sulfonic acid membranes and sulfonated aromatic polymer membranes operating at 100-130°C with current density of at least 4000A/m2; (2) Create new long-life catalytic electrodes and MEAs working in the above temperature range; (3) Perform accelerated ageing tests and long-term single cell tests to understand degradation mechanisms, to make lifetime predictions and to give input to objectives 1 and 2; (4) Develop a prototype of a modular SPG&CHP system based on multi-PEMFCHs realized with the new long-life MEAs; (5) Benchmarking the single-cell and the modular prototype performance at temperatures above 100°C against the best literature results. The project will benefit from the synergy arising from the know-how of leading research groups of universities and research institutes as well as from the technical knowledge and expertise of industries and utility companies involved in fuel cell development and testing.
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Address

Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 310 355,14

Administrative Contact

Giuseppe Barbieri (Dr.)

Participants (7)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 243 100

UNIVERSITE DE PROVENCE

France

EU Contribution

€ 151 429

UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 151 130

EDISON SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 66 490

FUMATECH BWT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 167 533,31

MATGAS 2000 AIE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 204 240

POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 65 949,55

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 245339

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2010

  • End date

    31 December 2012

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 677 298,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 360 227

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy