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ATLAS-MHC is an Industry-Academia Partnership & Pathways (IAPP) Action. Its main objectives of developing and evaluating hydrogen compressors for electricity storage is being achieved by promoting and implementing a well-structured IAPP program between (i) two academia partners (the Greek National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, NCSRD and the German Aerospace Center, DLR), with distinguished research activities in the areas of energy, environment, material science and engineering and (ii) two SME partners (HYSTORE Technologies Ltd., Cyprus and DIADIKASIA Business Consultants S.A., Greece) developing novel hydrogen-based energy systems and addressing market issues related to the penetration of the commercial product to be developed in the international energy market, respectively. The strategic partnership is being realized through mutual exchange of visits of several early stage and experienced researchers from the two R&D Institutions to the two SME partners thus transferring and potentially transforming theoretical and experimental knowledge to an applied, marketable outcome, in a view of solving real-life energy problems. These researchers will also absorb knowledge offered at the SMEs sites, especially on system level engineering aspects. Similarly, experienced researchers from the SME partners are being relocated to the two R&D Institutions, thus promoting and enhancing an effective communication and technology transfer between research in academia and practical applications in the energy industry and energy market issues.

The long term objective of ATLAS-MHC is to support and promote initiatives for long lasting integration and collaboration between the partners and, more importantly, to contribute to the realization of the hydrogen economy in Europe by the development and real-life applications of novel metal-hydride compressors that can be optimally integrated with the developed process in order to explore potential synergistic benefits between material and process design.

WP1 focuses on project management: securing the progress of tasks in the WPs and ensuring a satisfactory financial control and a sound reporting system to the EC (REA). WP 2 deals with the up-scaling of the pilot metal-hydride compressor developed under the initial ATLAS-H2 project. WP3 examines the implementation of the up-scaled MHC into an integrated hybrid RES-Energy storage power system at pilot level, while WP4 carries out the performance & evaluation of the pilot MHC and the integrated system to ensure designs and processes which can operate safely and efficiently. WP 5 includes a detailed assessment of the current market and the set-up of a framework for further applications of the MHC and market development and overcoming barriers for higher market penetration. Finally, WP6 tries to communicate and disseminate the results to the target groups. It is obvious that the above research themes require a multidisciplinary approach (including nanotechnology, chemical analysis, thermodynamics, metallurgy, computational material science, energy & environmental aspects) involving multisectorial pathways.

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