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CoDePEM - Combinatorial Design of Novel Bipolar Plate Coatings for Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolysers

Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolysers (PEME) are widely used to make hydrogen gas from renewable energy. As the demand for hydrogen as a fuel grows, lower cost electrolysers are needed. The CoDe-PEM project aims to contribute towards the development of affordable PEM electrolysis systems with the development of lower cost coating materials for bipolar plates and sinters.

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In order to lower the costs, a reduction in use of expensive materials and the introduction of new low(er) cost materials are key elements. In addition, new materials should allow for fast and low-cost manufacturing processes, such as stamping of BPP flow structures. 

The CoDe-PEM project will use combinatorial design to develop and test a variety of coating compositions for use on stainless steel BPPs. UPT Romania is leading the project, and they will produce coatings and test them ex situ. SINTEFs main role is to test the coated BPPs in a custom designed PEM electrolyzer cell, and also to share knowledge and experience regarding material selection and ex situ testing of bipolar plates. The overall objective of EEA projects are to contribute to a more equal Europe, as well as to strengthen the relations between the participating countries.  

Application type: EEA 
Funding source: EEA- UEFISCDI and the Norwegian research council 
Project Partners:  UPT Romania (Managing partner) 

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Project duration

2019 - 2023