PREdictive Modelling for Innovative Unit Management and ACcelerated Testing procedures of PEFC

PREMIUM ACT
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2009
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP
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Premium Act is an ambitious project on the durability of PEFC (Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells), targeting one of the main hurdles still to overcome before successful market development of stationary fuel cell systems. PEFC systems are now very near, or even already comply with market requirements for cost and performance. But durability targets, up to several tens of thousands of hours, are much more difficult to reach.

Premium Act proposes a very innovative approach, combining original experimental work on PEFC systems, stacks and MEAs (Membrane Electrodes Assembly), including locally resolved studies of components durability, components characterisation using the most advanced techniques in order to quantify ageing phenomena, and an original mechanistic, multi-scale modelling approach able to take into account materials degradation processes and all reactions occurring and competing at each instant in a PEFC.

These combined experimental and modelling tools will provide understanding of the fundamentals of degradation, with new insight on the coupling of degradation mechanisms in PEFC components, thus enabling the consortium to innovate on:

  • operating strategies, enhancing lifetime of given MEAs in a given stack and system,
  • the design of a lifetime prediction methodology based on coupled modelling and composite accelerated tests experiments.

Premium Act will establish this innovative approach on two strategic fuel cell technologies for stationary markets: DMFC power generators and CHP systems fed by reformate hydrogen, both sharing similar MEA materials. This will show that the strategy is adaptable to the multiple PEFC requirements and give a competitive edge to European providers of stationary fuel cell systems.

Project details
Project reference: 
256776
Topic: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2009.3.1: Fundamentals of fuel cell degradation for stationary power applications
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
End date: 
Friday, February 28, 2014
Duration: 
36 months
Project cost: 
€ 5,370,190
Project funding: 
€ 2,513,251
Coordinator: 

CEA - LITEN   France

Contact: 
Mrs Sylvie ESCRIBANO
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 
IRD FUEL CELLS A/S Denmark
POLITECNICO DI MILANO Italy
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV Germany
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION Belgium
SOPRANO INDUSTRY France
ICI CALDAIE SPA Italy
Patents and Publications
Publications: 
Amalia Zucaro, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 19/10/2012, 58-69, "HOW CAN LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT FOSTER ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND FUEL CELL PRODUCTION AND USE?"
A. Casalegno , F. Bresciani , M. Zago , R. Marchesi Journal of Power Sources Vol. 249 Experimental investigation of methanol crossover evolution during direct methanol fuel cell degradation tests
M. Zago , A. Casalegno Journal of Power Sources Vol. 248 A physical model of Direct Methanol Fuel Cell anode impedance
F. Bresciani , A. Casalegno , J. L. Bonde , M. Odgaard , R. Marchesi International Journal of Energy Research Vol. 38/Issue 1 A comparison of operating strategies to reduce DMFC degradation
F. Bresciani , A. Casalegno , M. Zago , R. Marchesi Fuel Cells 0 A Parametric Analysis on DMFC Anode Degradation
F. Bresciani , A. Casalegno , G. Varisco , R. Marchesi International Journal of Energy Research Vol. 38/Issue 5 Water transport into PEFC gas diffusion layer: experimental characterization of diffusion and permeation
M. Zago , A. Casalegno , C. Santoro , R. Marchesi Journal of Power Sources Vol. 217 Water transport and flooding in DMFC: Experimental and modeling analyses
M. Zago, A. Casalegno, F. Bresciani, R. Marchesi International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 0 Effect of anode MPL on water and methanol transport in DMFC: experimental and modeling analyses
Pawel Gazdzicki Surface and Interface Analysis - Surface Analytical Methods for the Development of Electrochemical Components of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
Indro Biswas ECS Transactions - Surface Analytical Methods for the Development of Electrochemical Components of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
J. P. Neidhardt Journal of the Electrochemical Society - A Flexible Framework for Modeling Multiple Solid, Liquid and Gaseous Phases in Batteries and Fuel Cells
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