Efficient use of resources in energy converting applications

Framework Programme: 
Call for proposals: 
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP
Project Pillar: 

EURECA develops the next generation of µ-CHP systems based on advanced PEM stack technology.
The idea is to overcome the disadvantages of complex gas purification, gas humidification and the low temperature gradient for the heat exchangers in a heating system. EURECA will develop a new stack generation based on PEM technology with operating temperatures of 90°C to 120°C. Thus results in a less complicated and therefore in a more robust µ-CHP system with reduced costs.
The development of a new stack generation includes various parallel working tasks. EURECA will optimize materials to operate in that temperature range – including membrane and bipolar plate materials. Also the catalyst will be improved with a lower platinum loading – design target
< 0.2g/kW. The stack design and the flow field of the bipolar plates will be optimized for the operating conditions. All development steps will be supported by state-of-the-art modeling. As the final step the developed stack will be integrated in an adapted µ-CHP system to achieve proof-of-concept in the target application.
Important part of the project is the validation of the design targets. The µ-CHP system – including the reformer – is expected to operate at an electrical efficiency of 40%. Lifetime tests with defined test procedures on single cells and short stacks will indicate a stack lifetime of approx. 12.000 h. In all development processes the partners have agreed to a design-to-cost approach. This includes the producibility in series production processes. A cost assessment will indicate the cost savings by the less complicated system.
The consortium is well balanced along the supply chain. Component suppliers and system designers are backed by research institutions. High quality of the development process is of top priority to all partners. Therefore the consortium will agree at the beginning of EURECA on specific quality and management procedures - including contingency planning measurements.

Project reference: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.3.1 - Next generation stack and cell design
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Sunday, July 1, 2012
End date: 
Monday, August 31, 2015
36 months (originally), extended to 38 months
Project cost: 
€ 6,299,714.20
Project funding: 
€ 3,557,293

EWE-Forschungszentrum für Energietechnologie e.V., Germany

Mr Alexander DYCK
Other participating organisations: 
Organisation Country
Eisenhuth GmbH & Co. KG Germany
Univerzitet u beogradu Serbia
Commisariat à  l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives France
Foundation for research and technology Hellas Greece
inhouse engineering GmbH Germany
Celaya a emparanza y galdos internacional, S.A. Spain
Fundacion CIDETEC Spain
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V. Germany