European Project Second ActSimulation, Statistics and Experiments Coupled to develop Optimized and Durable µCHP systems using Accelerated Tests
MotivationFuel Cells and Hydrogen technologies are reaching good levels in performance for stationaryapplications, mainly Combined Heat and Power. They recently benefited from major improvementsto reduce their costs and increase their lifetime. However, strong additional efforts are still neededto reach competitive durability targets, compared to other energy production means.ConceptSecond Act proposes to work on the understanding and reduction of degradation of 3 lowtemperature Fuel Cell technologies. These different technologies have been consideredbecause they have reached equivalent development levels, thanks to the support of Europeanindustry partners, and because their R&D efforts can be combined, due to similar issues withregard to their causes for degradation. These technologies are pure hydrogen ProtonExchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC), reformate PEMFC and Direct Methanol Fuel Cells(DMFC), operating below 90°C.The project groups 9 key players of Fuel Cells that share this technical point of view and have agood experience of EU project in the field: CEA, IRD, Nedstack, ICI, POLIMI, DLR, JRC, SINTEFand TUG. It is based on previous projects funded by the FCH-JU program where Second Actpartners were largely involved: Premium Act, KeePEMalive and Stayers.
At a GlanceProject Title: Simulation, Statistics and Experiments Coupled to develop Optimized and Durable µCHP systems using Accelerated TestsCall Topic:AIP SP1-JTI-FCH.2013.3.1 - Improving understanding of cell & stack degradation mechanisms using advanced testing techniques, and developments to achieve cost reduction and lifetime enhancements for Stationary Fuel Cell power and CHP systemsDuration:01 May 2014 – 30 April 2017Total Budget (EUR):4 643 707FCH JU Contribution (EUR):2 523 254Other contribution (EUR):137 000 (Research Concil of Norway) Contact:Dr. Sylvie Escribano (CEA)email@example.com