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Project ID: 700190
Funded under: H2020-EU.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - HYTECHCYCLING (New technologies and strategies for fuel cells and hydrogen technologies in the phase of recycling and dismantling)

Reporting period: 2016-05-01 to 2017-10-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

A Horizon 2020 objective looks for a clean future, while the society advance. Under this scope, it is clear that our society needs a clean way to produce the energy that it needs. The technological options are wide and diverse, and among them the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technologies are shown as a solution due to their capacity to adapt to different requirements, their capacity to produce energy and their capacity to serve as other renewable resources integration.
Although FCH are a reality, their market is far away to be completed. A lot of environmental and cost related issues can appear during the life of the FCH technology, regarding the materials that form it and the different end of life possibilities. Until these problems are not solved, the real introduction of the FCH technologies will not happen.
The main goal of the project is to deliver reference documentation and studies about existing and new recycling and dismantling technologies and strategies applied to FCH technologies, paving the way for future demonstration actions and advances in roadmaps and regulations.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

During the first half part of the project, HYTECHCYCLING consortium has identified the materials and components presented in FCH technologies, and classified them as function of different criteria. After that, the HYTECHCYCLING consortium has mapped the current recycling technologies, and has identified also novel technologies that could apply, to analyse which are the needs and challenges to overcome in this phase.

Also, and in order to obtain a more deep, clear and useful understanding of this technologies, different LCAs has been carried, evaluating, from the moment, the cradle to gate scope. Future developments on this field should carry a clear evaluation of each technology and recycling technique, and help in the comparison among them.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

A business model will be carried at the end of the project stage. This business model will aim to develop a feasible and economically attractive solution for the recycling and dismantling stage. It will take into account different points of view of all the parts involved in the life of the product, from manufacturers till recycling centres, considering also the distributors and the end users of these technologies.
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