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Hydrogen fuel Quality requirements for transportation and other energy applications

Hydrogen fuel Quality requirements for transportation and other energy applications

Objective

Hydrogen-based energy conversion devices, especially proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), are known to be sensitive to hydrogen fuel impurities. In this context, adequate specification of hydrogen quality, as well as means of checking H2 fuel compliance, are crucial to warrant reliability of these devices. Besides, a technical and economical compromise between performance loss and purification levels has to be found: this is a key issue for all hydrogen stakeholders. Important international effort is currently being undertaken to develop Regulations, Codes and Standards (especially ISO/TC197/WG12) on this topic. This work is today mainly carried out by US DOE and Japan NEDO, and the HyQ project is being set up to enable the European industrial and scientific community to support actively this pre-normative research. The strong partnership of HyQ involves large research organisations and major industrial players involved in the hydrogen economy (end-users, manufacturers and gas suppliers).
The first action of HyQ aims at identifying technological gaps from an extensive mapping on the various H2 production and purification pathways, and of current standardisation activities on the topic. In parallel, end-users specifications will be collected. On this basis, more appropriate methods will be proposed to determine acceptable impurity levels, as well as for checking H2 fuel quality, and in parallel, the technico-economical trade-off between H2 quality and generator performance will be quantified.
Cooperation with standardisation organisations will be ensured all along the project to promote European contribution. One of the main outcomes of HyQ will be a synthesis document gathering all procedures validated during the course of the project. This document will form the basis of the European recommendations of harmonized methods for hydrogen fuel quality testing for the different applications.

Coordinator

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

Address

Rue Leblanc 25
75015 Paris 15

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 368 401

Administrative Contact

Yves Hussenot (Mr.)

Participants (14)

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JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

ZENTRUM FUR SONNENENERGIE- UND WASSERSTOFF-FORSCHUNG BADEN-WURTTEMBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 183 202

L AIR LIQUIDE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 102 161

TOTAL MARKETING SERVICES

France

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 62 084

ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 101 769

AXANE SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 27 511

NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 95 639

VSL B.V.

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 95 389

THE CCS GLOBAL GROUP LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 104 169

PSA AUTOMOBILES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 35 328

SHELL DOWNSTREAM SERVICES INTERNATIONAL BV

Netherlands

LINDE AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 33 266

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 176 300

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 256773

Status

Grant agreement terminated

  • Start date

    1 March 2011

  • End date

    28 February 2014

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 719 818

  • EU contribution

    € 1 385 219

Coordinated by:

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France