Early markets

PEMBeyond

In this project a cost-competitive, energy-efficient and durable integrated PEMFC based power system operating on low-grade (crude) bioethanol will be developed for back-up and off-grid power generation. Back-up and off-grid power is one of the strongest early markets for fuel cell technology today. Wireless communication systems are rapidly expanding globally, and the need for reliable, cost-competitive and environmentally sustainable back-up and off-grid power is growing, especially in developing countries. Cost-competitive PEMFC power system compatible with crude bioethanol would allow...

HAWL

HAWL project aims at demonstrating competitiveness, technical maturity and user acceptance of hydrogen fuel cell powered forklift trucks fleets in a logistics warehouse environment in Europe, as an alternative to battery powered trucks operation. Electric forklift trucks have gained popularity in Europe due to efficiency of engines, absence of noise and of emissions at point of use. The main issue they have to address is battery management. Limited autonomy of batteries and voltage drops at end of discharge lead to complex battery swapping, and recharge processes. A few fuel cell...

IRMFC

The complexity of the balance of plant of a fuel cell-fuel processor unit challenges the design/development/demonstration of compact and user friendly fuel cell power systems for portable applications. An Internal Reforming Methanol Fuel Cell (IRMFC) stack poses a highly potential technological challenge for High Temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (HT-PEMFCs) in portable applications. It aims at opening new scientific and engineering prospects, which may allow easier market penetration of the fuel cells. The core of innovation of IRMFC is the incorporation of a methanol...

SAFARI

SAFARI aims to design, optimise and build 5 100We SOFC stacks, and to integrate then into 2 truck cab power systems comprising both rapid heating planar SOFC from ALM and microtubular SOFC from ADE, together with a battery and appliances found in a modern truck manufactured by IVECO.  Additional components of the system are a gas processor to clean up the molecules from liquefied natural gas (LNG) plus other equipment for Balance of Plant (BoP) and heater/chiller.  All these components will be constituents of a fuel cell unit which will first be tested in the lab and , after further...

PURE

Objectives The objective of the PURE project is to create a system fueled by propane/LPG, which is converted into a hydrogen rich stream and subsequently fed into a HT PEM stack based on PBI technology. In the end the system delivers electric power to a cover the hotel power demand of a small yacht. The use of off-the-shelf, mass-produced components and design practices both developed in previous European funded projects will result in a small system which is low cost and able to reach the specifications. The technical objectives are summarized: Create an APU for recreational...

SAPIENS

Objectives This project aims to design, optimise and build several 200W mSOFC stacks and to integrate them into hybrid power systems comprising of a fuel cell, a battery and appliances found in a recreational vehicle (RV). Additional components of the system are a gas processor to clean up the autogas propane fuel plus other equipment for electrical, mechanical and control balance of plant (BOP). Impact The expected impact of this project are as follows: Create an innovative platform on noise reduction and emissions Provide several fuel cells for testing optimization and...

BeingEnergy

Objectives The main objectives of BeingEnergy are: Synthesizing, characterizing, and optimizing =catalysts for low temperature methanol steam reforming (LT-MSR, 170°C) and developing strategies for industrial preparation of the selected catalysts; Development, characterization and optimization of a cell-reactor for the LT-MSR; Integration, characterization and optimization of the low temperature methanol steam reforming reactors with a high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (HT-PEMFC); Development, characterization and optimization of the LT-MSR/HT-PEMFC 350 We...

LiquidPower

Objectives The LiquidPower project objectives are: R&D of a fuel cell system for Back-up-power and Telecom applications (BT) R&D of a fuel cell system for material handling vehicles (MH) R&D of a methanol reformer for onsite Hydrogen supply, enabling the supply of low cost hydrogen for the early markets of BT and MH Impact The suspected impact points of the project are as follows: Reduced cost and improved efficiency of fuel cell systems targeted the early markets of back-up/telecom and material handling vehicles. Reduced cost and improved efficiency...

HYPER

Objectives HYPER aims to develop and demonstrate a market ready, portable power pack comprising of an integrated modular fuel cell and hydrogen storage system that is flexible in design, cost effective and readily customised for application across multiple low power markets. The project will combine the development of scalable PEM fuel cell modules with an innovative portable pack that allows for the interchange of alternative hydrogen supply components. The resulting prototype will be field tested in specific end user applications. Impact Portable scale hydrogen-powered fuel cells...

HyLIFT-EUROPE

Overview The aim of HyLIFT-EUROPE is to demonstrate up to 200 fuel cell material handling vehicles and associated refuelling infrastructure at 10-20 sites across Europe, making it the largest European trial of hydrogen fuel cell material handling vehicles so far and the world’s first large scale demonstration of airport tow tractors. This will continue the efforts of the on-going FCH JU supported HyLIFT-DEMO project. Fuel cell systems will be fully integrated and operated in forklifts and warehouse trucks from Still and airport tow tractors from Mulag. The high volume combined with FCH...

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