Leading the development of highly efficient hydrogen production
Seven European partners are now joining forces to further develop and demonstrate next generation proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser technology suitable for highly efficient hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. The three year, € 3.4 million NEXPEL project is supported by The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) through a € 1.3 million grant. The NEXPEL consortium, coordinated by SINTEF, consists of leading R&D organizations and major industrial actors from 4 member states:CEA LITEN (FR), Fraunhofer ISE (DE), FuMA-Tech GmbH (DE), Helion – Hydrogen Power (FR), SINTEF (NO), Statoil ASA (NO) and University of Reading (UK).
During the NEXPEL project an efficient PEM electrolyser integrated with Renewable Energy Sources (RES) will be constructed and demonstrated. The NEXPEL electrolyser will incorporate several technological innovations, such as more active catalysts, new membrane materials, highly stable porous current collectors and bipolar plates. To further reduce cost and improve stability, an advanced stack design using components suitable for mass production and highly efficient advanced power electronics will be developed.
The outcomes from the NEXPEL project will support the overall vision to establish hydrogen as an energy carrier for a wide range of applications, and contribute to meet the substantial need for increased energy storage capacity when the share of RES in energy production increases.
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
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This project has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under grant agreement n° 245262.