Development of Auxiliary Power Unit for Recreational yachts

PURE
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2011
Application area: 
Early markets
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Objectives

The objective of the PURE project is to create a system fueled by propane/LPG, which is converted into a hydrogen rich stream and subsequently fed into a HT PEM stack based on PBI technology. In the end the system delivers electric power to a cover the hotel power demand of a small yacht. The use of off-the-shelf, mass-produced components and design practices both developed in previous European funded projects will result in a small system which is low cost and able to reach the specifications.

The technical objectives are summarized:

  1. Create an APU for recreational marine applications consisting of an HT-PEMFC stack and an integrated LPG/propane reformer
  2. Improve HT-PEMFC MEA’s and stack module
  3. A proof of principle prototype fuel processing module for production of hydrogen for a 0.5 kWe PBI fuel cell stack:
  4. Development of integration interface and control unit for the HT-PEMFC stack and LPG reformer
  5. Demonstrate technical readiness by demonstrating it on a ship

Impact

The overall aim of the PURE project is to demonstrate the market readiness of the technology and to develop a integrated system for future commercialization of hydrogen powered fuel cell based APU’s for maritime applications and other industries where clean and silent power is needed like trucks and other leisure industries.

Upon the successful completion of the PURE-project, a pre-commercial product will be available to strengthen the competitiveness of both European companies. The industrial partners within the project are willing and in the position to bring this technology to market as soon as possible. A successful project will shorten the time to market of the portable APU systems.

Overview

The objective of the PURE project is to create a system fueled by propane/LPG, which is converted into a hydrogen rich stream and subsequently fed into a HT PEM stack based on PBI technology. In the end the system delivers electric power to a cover the hotel power demand of a small yacht.

The consortium gathered to work in this project is a combination of partners who have experience in:

  1. Defining the market requirements, codes and standards of the system
  2. Translating these requirements into technical specifications and models
  3. Designing and building prototype systems
  4. Testing and validating the systems in laboratory environment and through real life demonstration in a yacht.

This covers the value chain of the system under discussion.

The final result will be two working prototypes of the PURE system, which will be demonstrated under laboratory environmental condition and in a real ship to show that it is robust enough to be ready for the next phase of field trials.

Project details
Project reference: 
303457
Topic: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.4.4: Research development and demonstration of new portable Fuel Cell systems
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
End date: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Duration: 
36 months (originally), extended to 42 months
Project cost: 
€ 2,884,875.60
Project funding: 
€ 1,641,194
Coordinator: 

HyGear Fuel Cell Systems B.V., The Netherlands

Contact: 
Mr Ellart DE WIT
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 
Technical University of Denmark Denmark
Aerosol and Particle Technology Laboratory-Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (APTL/CERTH) Greece
European Commission, Directorate- General Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy (JRC) Belgium
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem The Netherlands

 

Patents and Publications
Publications: 
S. Martina, Q. Lia, T. Steenberg, J.O. Jensen; Binderless Electrodes for High-Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells.
S. Martin, Q. Li, J.O. Jensen; Lowering the platinum loading of high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells with acid doped polybenzimidazole membranes
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