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High Performance PEM Electrolyzer for Cost-effective Grid Balancing Applications

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Project "HPEM2GAS" data sheet

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Organization address
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙654˙250 €
 EC max contribution 2˙499˙999 € (94%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Increase the energy efficiency of production of hydrogen mainly from water electrolysis and renewable sources while reducing operating and capital costs, so that the combined system of the hydrogen production and the conversion using the fuel cell system...)
 Code Call H2020-JTI-FCH-2015-1
 Funding Scheme FCH2-RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-04-01   to  2019-09-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
2    ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED UK (SHEFFIELD) participant 915˙650.00
3    STADTWERKE EMDEN GMBH DE (EMDEN) participant 336˙875.00
5    IRD FUEL CELLS A/S DK (FRAUGDE) participant 299˙806.00
6    UNIRESEARCH BV NL (DELFT) participant 159˙987.00
7    HOCHSCHULE EMDEN/LEER DE (EMDEN) participant 72˙525.00


 Project objective

The next generation water electrolysers must achieve better dynamic behaviour (rapid start-up, fast response, wider load and temperature ranges) to provide superior grid-balancing services and thus address the steep increase of intermittent renewables interfaced to the grid. The HPEM2GAS project will develop a low cost PEM electrolyser optimised for grid management through both stack and balance of plant innovations, culminating in a six month field test of an advanced 180 (nominal)-300 kW (transient) PEM electrolyser. The electrolyser developed will implement an advanced BoP (power tracking electronics, high efficiency AC/DC converters, high temperature ion exchange cartridges, advanced safety integrated system, new control logic) and improved stack design and components (injection moulded components, flow-field free bipolar plates, Aquivion® membranes, core-shell/solid solution electrocatalysts). Several strategies are applied to lower the overall cost, thus enabling widespread utilisation of the technology. These primarily concern a three-fold increase in current density (resulting in the proportional decrease in capital costs) whilst maintaining cutting edge efficiency, a material use minimisation approach in terms of reduced membrane thickness whilst keeping the gas cross-over low, and reducing the precious metal loading. Further, improving the stack lifetime to 10 years and a reduction of the system complexity without compromising safety or operability. All these solutions contribute significantly to reducing the electrolyser CAPEX and OPEX costs. HPEM2GAS develops key technologies from TRL4 to TRL6, demonstrating them in a 180-300 kW PEM electrolyser system in a power-to-gas field test; delivers a techno-economic analysis and an exploitation plan to bring the innovations to market. The consortium comprises a system integrator, suppliers of membranes, catalysts and MEAs, a stack developer, an independent expert on standardization and an end-user.


List of deliverables.
Publishable report on field test results Documents, reports 2020-04-08 09:27:49
Project website, including Project templates (reports, presentations, logo), database for Dissemination (stakeholders, interest groups, contact details) Documents, reports 2020-04-08 09:27:49
Protocols for characterisation of system components and electrolysis system assessment Documents, reports 2020-04-08 09:27:49
Dissemination plan Documents, reports 2020-04-08 09:27:49
Publishable report on catalyst development Documents, reports 2020-04-08 09:27:49
Background document on policies and regulations for grid-balancing service Documents, reports 2020-04-08 09:27:49

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of HPEM2GAS deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Stefania Siracusano, Nejc Hodnik, Primoz Jovanovic, Francisco Ruiz-Zepeda, Martin Šala, Vincenzo Baglio, Antonino Salvatore Aricò
New insights into the stability of a high performance nanostructured catalyst for sustainable water electrolysis
published pages: 618-632, ISSN: 2211-2855, DOI: 10.1016/j.nanoen.2017.09.014
Nano Energy 40 2020-04-08
2017 S. Siracusano, V. Baglio, S.A. Grigoriev, L. Merlo, V.N. Fateev, A.S. Aricò
The influence of iridium chemical oxidation state on the performance and durability of oxygen evolution catalysts in PEM electrolysis
published pages: 105-114, ISSN: 0378-7753, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2017.09.020
Journal of Power Sources 366 2020-04-08
2017 Stefania Siracusano, Vincenzo Baglio, Nicholas Van Dijk, Luca Merlo, Antonino Salvatore Aricò
Enhanced performance and durability of low catalyst loading PEM water electrolyser based on a short-side chain perfluorosulfonic ionomer
published pages: 477-489, ISSN: 0306-2619, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.09.011
Applied Energy 192 2020-04-08
2017 S. Siracusano, V. Baglio, I. Nicotera, L. Mazzapioda, A.S. Aricò, S. Panero, M.A. Navarra
Sulfated titania as additive in Nafion membranes for water electrolysis applications
published pages: 27851-27858, ISSN: 0360-3199, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.05.136
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 42/46 2020-04-08

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