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Enhanced Design Requirements and Testing Procedures for Composite Cylinders intended for the Safe Storage of Hydrogen

Objective

Hydrogen storage is a key enabling technology for the use of hydrogen as an energy vector. To improve volumetric and gravimetric performance, carbon fiber composite cylinders are currently being developed. However, current standards governing the design, qualification and in-service inspection of carbon fiber composite cylinders do not allow cylinder design to be optimized. In particular, safety factors for cycle life and burst pressure ratios appear to be conservative, which results in the cylinders being overdesigned and thus costly. Furthermore, the requirements in these standards are often not based on degradation processes in composite materials but have been adapted from standards covering metallic cylinders.

To address these issues, HyCOMP will conduct pre-normative research on high-pressure type III and type IV composite cylinders for hydrogen storage and transport for automotive, stationary and transportable applications. The project will generate all the data necessary to develop a comprehensive scientific and technical basis for fully justifying as well as improving the full set of requirements defined for ensuring the structural integrity of the cylinders throughout their service life, covering design type approval, manufacturing quality assurance, and in-service inspection.

The outcome of the project will be recommendations gathering broad support for improving the applicable European and international standards and regulation on high-pressure hydrogen cylinders for automotive, transport and stationary applications, as well as defining a strategy for implementing these changes. These recommendations will include performance-based design requirements, and improved procedures for type testing, batch testing and in-service inspections.
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Coordinator

L AIR LIQUIDE SA

Address

Quai D Orsay 75
75007 Paris 07

France

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 149 310,65

Administrative Contact

Clemence Devilliers (Dr.)

Participants (11)

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ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS

France

EU Contribution

€ 208 547

BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 277 503,20

THE CCS GLOBAL GROUP LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 113 445

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 87 585

EADS COMPOSITES AQUITAINE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 54 246,15

FABER INDUSTRIE SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 133 946

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

HEXAGON RAUFOSS AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 240 280

POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 71 051

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

AYMING

France

EU Contribution

€ 44 814

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 256671

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    31 March 2014

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 642 153,21

  • EU contribution

    € 1 380 728

Coordinated by:

L AIR LIQUIDE SA

France