Pressurised PEM Electrolyzer stack

PrimoLyzer
Project Information
Framework Programme: 
FP7
Call for proposals: 
2008
Application area: 
Hydrogen production & Distribution
Project fact sheet: 

Stationary µCHPs based on FCs are in demonstration all over the world. Almost all these systems are fed with reformed fossil fuel like natural gas. The FC-based µCHPs are more efficient than the technologies they replace, resulting in substantial reduction in the CO2 emission, calculated to be ≈1 tons CO2/year/’single family house’ when fuelled with natural gas. However, the emission reduction is five times higher when the µCHPs are fuelled with hydrogen produced with excess renewable energy e.g. wind power or photovoltaics. Hydrogen production by Electrolyzis of water is presently associated with substantial energy losses. Furthermore, small Electrolyzers are prohibitive expensive while larger Electrolyzers with a relative smaller plant investment cost requires additional hydrogen distribution grids. The PrimoLyzer project addresses these challenges. The primary objective of the PrimoLyzer project is to develop, construct, and test a cost-minimised highly efficient and durable PEM-Electrolyzer stack aimed for integration with domestic µCHPs.

The PrimoLyzer project is focussed on the Electrolyzer stack. The concluding tests will be done in a spread-out setup together with a 1.5 kW µCHP-system. The key-targets for the stack are as follows:

  • Hydrogen production capacity: 1 Nm3/h
  • Pressure: 10 MPa (100 bar)
  • 1.68 V @ 1.2 A/cm2 not only at BoL but also after 2,000 hours of continuous operation
  • Cost: <5,000 € per Nm3 H2 production capacity per hour in series production
  • Durability: >20,000 hours @ constant load
  • Operation of the PEM Electrolyzer (η>75% LHV) stack together with a dead-end FCHP (1.5 kWAC) for at least 2,000 hours

 

Project details
Project reference: 
245228
Topic: 
SP1-JTI-FCH.2.1: Efficient PEM Electrolyzers & SP1-JTI-FCH.3.2 Component and system improvement for stationary applications
Project type: 
Research and technological development
Contract type: 
Collaborative Project
Start date: 
Friday, January 1, 2010
End date: 
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Duration: 
24 months
Project cost: 
€ 2.600.000
Project funding: 
€ 1.200.000
Coordinator: 

Organisation: IRD A/S                                      country: Denmark

Contact: 
Ms. Laila LASTNAME
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 

Organisation name

country

Stichting Enerieonderzoek Centrum Nederland [ECN]

Holland

Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus [VTT]

Finland

Fuma-Tech Gesellschaft Fuer Funktionelle Membranen und Anlagentechnologie MBH [FuMA]

Germany

Hynergreen [AH]

Spain

Åbo Akademi [AABO]

Finland

 

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