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Fuel cell field test demonstration of economic and environmental viability for portable generators, backup and UPS power system applications

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 256766

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 289 900,72

  • EU contribution

    € 2 475 825

Coordinated by:

ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS MANUFACTURINGSRL

Italy

Objective

A total of 19 market-ready fuel cell systems from 2 suppliers (ElectroPS, FutureE) will be installed as UPS/ backup power sources in selected sites across the EU. Real-world customers from the telecommunications and hotel industry will utilize these fuel cell-based systems, with power levels in the 1-10kW range, in their sites. These units will demonstrate a level of technical performance (start-up time, reliability, durability, number of cycles) that qualifies them for market entry, thereby accelerating the commercialisation of this technology in Europe and elsewhere. The demonstration project will involve the benchmarking of units from both fuel cell suppliers according to a test protocol to be developed within the project. It will employ this test protocol to conduct extensive tests in field trials in sites selected by final users in Italy, Switzerland and Turkey. The performance will be logged and analysed to draw conclusions regarding commercial viability and degree to which they meet customer requirements, as well as suggesting areas for improvement. A lifecycle cost analysis using data from the project will be carried out to determine economic value proposition over incumbent technologies such as batteries or diesel generators. The system producers use the results to obtain valuable first hand feedback from customers, optimise their systems as needed, and demonstrate commercial viability. On the other hand, final users from the telecommunications and hotel industry will experience first-hand the advantages of fuel cells for their applications under real world conditions. The optimisation potential is expected from the production process itself, from the installation of a significant amount of fuel cell systems and from the testing. The project will also develop a certification procedure valid in the EU27 under the lead of TÜV Süd.
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Coordinator

ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS MANUFACTURINGSRL

Address

Piazza Del Tricolore 4
20129 Milano

Italy

Activity type

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

EU Contribution

€ 680 309

Administrative Contact

Ilaria Rosso (Dr.)

Participants (12)

FUTUREE FUEL CELL SOLUTIONS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 668 531,21

PARCO SCIENTIFICO TECNOLOGICO PER LAMBIENTE ENVIRONMENT PARK TORINO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 216 657

FACHHOCHSCHULE ZENTRALSCHWEIZ - HOCHSCHULE LUZERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 288 047

UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 75 847,40

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

TUV SUD INDUSTRIE SERVICE GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 103 130

Swisscom (Schweiz) AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 195 152,92

WIND TELECOMUNICAZIONI SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 54 813

Kanton Nidwalden

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 49 445

Kanton Luzern

Switzerland

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 61 671

ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 82 221,47

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 256766

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-JTI

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 289 900,72

  • EU contribution

    € 2 475 825

Coordinated by:

ELECTRO POWER SYSTEMS MANUFACTURINGSRL

Italy