Transport and Refuelling Infrastructure

SWARM

This project will establish a demonstration fleet of small passenger vehicles that builds on and expands existing hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Three European regions will be participating in this effort: the UK (the Midlands and Plymouth), the Brussels area and Wallonia, and the Weser-Ems region in NorthWest Germany. Each of these regions will deploy a new hydrogen refuelling site to close the gaps in a continuous ‘hydrogen highways’ that leads from Scotland via the Midlands to London, connecting to Brussels and on to Cologne and Hamburg/Scandinavia/Berlin via Bremen. The vehicles...

IMPALA

Objectives: The final objective is to, one step at a time, increase the performance (up to the ideal target of 1 W/cm²) and durability of PEMFC for automotive applications by manufacturing improved homogeneous and innovative non-homogeneous Gas Diffusion Layers (GDL). This technological approach is supported by a scientific one to improve: The knowledge of water management in an operating PEMFC by specific innovative ex-situ and in-situ visualisations Modelling, in order to better link local properties of GDL to performance of PEMFC Impact IMPALA shall provide...

High V.LO-City

Key objectives of the project The overall objective of High V.LO-City is to facilitate rapid deployment of the last generation of FCH buses in public transport operations, by addressing key environmental and operational concerns that transport authorities are facing today. The detailed objectives of the High V.LO-City project are to: Implement a fleet of 14 H2 hybrid FC commercial public buses in 3 regions across Europe with significantly enhanced fuel economy and high levels of availability, and with reduced maintenance and external technical input requirements Establish and...

DESTA

Key Objectives of the project The main objective of DESTA is the demonstration of the first European Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) for trucks. The SOFC technology offers significant advantages compared to other fuel cell technologies because of its compatibility with conventional road fuels. The project starts with defining the APU requirements for the application of a SOFC APU in a Volvo heavy-duty truck for the US market. Based on test results including e.g. production costs, controllability and manufacturability of two existing systems from AVL and JE, a...

HyTEC

Key Objectives of the project The HyTEC project will expand the existing European network of hydrogen demonstration sites into two of the most promising early markets for hydrogen and fuel cells, Denmark and the UK.   The key objectives are:  Demonstrate up to 30 new hydrogen vehicles in the hands of real customers, in three vehicles classes: taxis, passenger cars and scooters.  These will be supported by new hydrogen refuelling facilities, which combine with existing deployments to create two new city based networks for hydrogen fuelling. Analyse the...

FCGEN

Fuel Cell Based On-board Power Generation
Key Objectives of the project The overall objectives of FCGEN are to develop and demonstrate a proof-of-concept complete fuel cell auxiliary unit. The project will further develop the key components and subsystem technologies that have been advanced by the project partners in previous collaborations and move them closer towards commercially viable solutions, see Table 1 for specific and concrete targets. Particular issues, such as catalyst cost, fuel vaporisation and desulphurisation, packaging of components, robustness etc. will be addressed through targeted R&D. Table 1: Concrete...

HyCOMP

Hydrogen storage is a key enabling technology for the use of hydrogen as an energy vector. To improve volumetric and gravimetric performance, carbon fiber composite cylinders are currently being developed. However, current standards governing the design, qualification and in-service inspection of carbon fiber composite cylinders do not allow cylinder design to be optimized. In particular, safety factors for cycle life and burst pressure ratios appear to be conservative, which results in the cylinders being overdesigned and thus costly. Furthermore, the requirements in these standards are...

PEMICAN

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Up to now, a lot of work has been performed on the catalyst of the active layers (AL) of PEMFC but much less on the structure of the AL and on the two other major components (carbon and electrolyte) whereas they do have a major impact on the performance of PEMFC and on Pt utilization. Based on this analysis, PEMICAN proposes to reduce the Pt cost for automotive application down to 0.15 gram of Pt per kW, by a twofold approach: i) to increase Pt utilization and power density by improving effective transport properties of AL by tuning some properties of the electrolyte and by adding special...

AUTO-STACK

While the supply base for materials and components in Europe is well advanced and competitive, stack integration is lagging behind due to massive investment requirements and risks associated with commercialization. The project aims to develop approaches to address the critical barriers for substantial improvement of collaboration between major stakeholders and establishing a solid business model for an independent European stack integrator for automotive applications. In the work proposed, key European players including automotive OEMs, component suppliers, and research organizations are...

HyQ

Faced to the increased global energy demand and to environmental concerns, the concept of using hydrogen as fuel has shown a real potential. Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC) appear to be the best hydrogen-based energy conversion devices for a wide range of applications from portable to vehicles. The performances and durability of such a device is affected by the quality of the reactive gases. Depending on the way to produce and purify hydrogen, it can contain different kind of pollutants which impact the performances and the durability of PEMFC. The purpose of HyQ consists of pre-...

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