Innovative cell and stack design for stationary industrial application using novel laser processing techniques

LASER-CELL
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2010
Application area: 
Stationary power production and CHP
Project Pillar: 
Energy

The alkaline fuel cell (AFC) is one of the most efficient devices for converting hydrogen into electricity. Project LASER CELL will develop a novel, mass producible AFC and stack design for stationary, industrial applications utilising the latest laser processing technology. This economically viable, sophisticated technology will enable design options, not previously possible, that will revolutionise the functionality and commercial viability of the AFC.

Key parameters that will dictate fuel cell and stack design are; safety, reduced part count, easy of assembly, durability, optimised performance, recyclability and increased volumetric power density in a way which delivers a cost of under €1,000 per kW. To realise this vision, proprietary cell and stack features that have never before been incorporated into an AFC system will be employed and deliver a flawlessly functioning stack.

In order to achieve these ambitious objectives, the consortium comprises world leading specialists in the fields of alkaline, polymer electrolyte and solid oxide fuel cells, advanced laser processing technologies, conductive nano composites, polymer production and large scale, stationary power plants.

A cell design tool, based on physical and cost models, will be produced. This disseminated tool will provide design rational for material selection and geometric design and will be applicable for all low temperature fuel cells.

Commercially viable porosity forming processes developed in this project will enable organisations working with other fuel cell types to re-evaluate the fabrication and design of their core technologies. Furthermore, other sectors that will benefit are; solar cell, aviation, medical and automotive.

Having the ability to convert ‘waste’ hydrogen into electricity and being the ‘pull through’ technology for carbon capture and storage (CCS), AFCs could play a crucial role in helping the EU meet its reduced CO2 emission targets and improve its energy security.

Project reference: 
278674
Topic: 
Topic SP1-JTI-FCH.2010.3.2: Next generation cell and stack designs
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Thursday, December 1, 2011
End date: 
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Duration: 
36 months
Project cost: 
€ 2,877,089.60
Project funding: 
€ 1,421,757
Coordinator: 

AFC Energy plc, UK

Contact: 
Dr Martin THOMAS
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 
Beneficiary name Country
CenCorp Finland
Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus – Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) Finland
Air Products
Nanocyl Belgium
University of Duisburg – Essen Germany

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