Fuel cell systems for micro-CHP: improving cost-competitiveness


While fuel cell technologies for residential heat and power cogeneration systems are by now well proven and widely recognised for their efficiency, they still struggle for public acceptance due to cost.

The new FCH JU project HEATSTACK aims at reducing thee production costs of their most expensive system components, the fuel cell stacks and the heat exchangers, by up to 60%.

FCH JU project HYACINTH collected feedback on FCEV test drives at WHEC 2016


During the World Hydrogen Energy Conference WHEC 2016 held in Zaragoza on June 13th-16th, conference visitors could take advantage of joining the driving demonstrations of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), offered by Toyota and BMW. The FCH JU project HYACINTH collected feedback on the impressions of the FCEV test drives.

New FCH JU project HYTECHCYCLING addresses fuel cells and Hydrogen technologies’ end-of-life


What about the end of life of equipment and plants based on fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH) technologies? Within the vision of decarbonising Europe through, among others, large-scale deployment of FCH technologies, considerations about end of life cannot be disregarded.

How will the components be recovered and recycled? Can existing methodologies be transferred? Are there any inherent challenges to be addressed  What novel approaches should be developed?

New FCH JU project GrinHy to demonstrate high-temperature electrolysis integrated in steel making process


Selected under FCH JU call for proposals 2015, the recently started GrinHy project is aiming at proving the technological and economical interest of high-temperature electrolysis as a high electric efficient technology for hydrogen production. The system is also reversible, capable of being operated as a fuel cell to produce electricity when this would be needed.

The proof-of-concept action will be located in a steel production plant in view of capturing and exploiting the waste heat produced in this energy-intensive process.

Project Achievements: SUSANA


To face the challenge of safer hydrogen-based systems and fuel cells, the FCH JU project SUSANA is aiming at developing a CFD Model Evaluation Protocol. After the first part of the project, the verification database and a CFD benchmarking exercise has already been completed. The Model Evaluation Protocol will become a reference document both for CFD users and for regulatory and certifying bodies that have to provide permission for FCH systems and infrastructure.

Project Achievements: SOCTESQA


In the field of harmonized test procedures for SOFC/SOEC stack testing, the FCH JU project SOCTESQA has managed to finalize, after the first part of its programme, the test matrix definition, the test station validation loop and the first round of initial tests on SOFC, SOEC and combined SOFC/SOEC modes. The consortium has already entered into a formal liaison with CENELEC and with IEC TC105 for the production of International Standards for solid oxide stacks. 

Project Achievements: STAMPEM


Within the efforts of reducing the costs of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell systems, FCH JU research project STAMPEM, now completed, has dealt with the development of improved coatings for stainless steel bipolar plates. A very promising coating applied by Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) has been identified, allowing for up to 6000 hours of operations thanks to an excellent corrosion protection without negative impact on the other performance properties, namely the interfacial contact resistance towards the gas diffusion layer.

Project Achievements: SOPHIA


Contributing to FCH JU’s ambition to develop technologies to efficiently produce green Hydrogen, the three-year project SOPHIA has reached its half-point completing the stack design specifications and starting the manufacturing of components of a 3kW high temperature co-electrolyser of  steam and CO2 for direct Synthetic Methane production, which is in the power range of a household consumption. In the next 18 months the prototype will be built and tested in the Netherlands.