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Integration of Novel Stack Components for Performance, Improved Durability and Lower Cost

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Project "INSPIRE" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: EC4A 4AB

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 6˙878˙070 €
 EC max contribution 6˙877˙869 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Reduce the use of the EU defined "Critical raw materials", for instance through low platinum or platinum free resources and through recycling or reducing or avoiding the use of rare earth elements)
2. H2020-EU. (Reduce the production cost of fuel cell systems to be used in transport applications, while increasing their lifetime to levels which can compete with conventional technologies)
 Code Call H2020-JTI-FCH-2015-1
 Funding Scheme FCH2-RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-05-01   to  2019-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    JOHNSON MATTHEY PLC UK (LONDON) coordinator 1˙591˙633.00
3    REINZ-DICHTUNGS GMBH DE (NEU ULM) participant 1˙170˙546.00
5    SGL CARBON GMBH DE (MEITINGEN) participant 487˙568.00
6    Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy FI (Espoo) participant 357˙960.00
10    PRETEXO FR (MONTPELLIER) participant 72˙603.00


 Project objective

The objective is to develop and integrate the most advanced critical PEMFC stack components, many from recent FCH JU programmes, into an automotive stack showing BOL performance of 1.5 W/cm2 at 0.6V, <10% power degradation after 6,000 hours, with a technical and economic assessment showing a cost of less than €50/kW at a 50,000 annual production scale. This will be achieved by leading industrial and academic partners with expertise in the design and manufacture of PEMFC stacks, their components and materials. They will select and build on components which can achieve key target metrics, e.g. catalyst materials showing mass activities of 0.44 A/mg Pt. There will be focus on integration of the key components and optimisation of the interfaces regarding the electrochemistry, mass and heat transport, and mechanical interactions. Several iterations of an advanced stack design will be evaluated. Work is organised to optimise the flow of development, which begins with catalysts being advanced and down-selected, scaled then fed into the design and development of catalyst layers, integration with membranes and the demonstration of CCM performance. The CCMs feed into stack component development where they will be integrated with GDLs to form MEAs; and where bipolar plates will be designed and developed and supplied with the MEAs for iterative stack design, assembly and testing. All mandatory and optional objectives of the FCH 2 JU Work Plan are addressed. Performance and durability are evaluated from small single cell to stack level using standardised test protocols. Degradation is addressed by stability testing, structural visualisation and modelling. Interfaces and specification alignment is an important focus, being integrated with the evaluation of new architectures and synthesis methods and informing balance of plant component specifications. Dismantling and recycling for the recovery and re-use of all critical MEA components is included in the costing evaluation.


List of deliverables.
Survey of dissemination activities and final plan for dissemination and exploitation of project results Documents, reports 2020-04-14 09:35:18
Dissemination and Communication bundle comprising a package of visual identity tools etc. Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-14 09:34:32
Final MEA design achieved target performance (1.5 Wcm-2) and durability Documents, reports 2020-04-14 09:34:40
Stack high level test report issued for GEN2 & GEN3 Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-14 09:35:08
Produce a model of degradation and physical changes to catalyst layer structure during aging Documents, reports 2020-04-14 09:34:49
Stack high level test report issued for GEN 1 & GEN1.5 Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-14 09:34:21
Organisation of an FCH-JU project workshop Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-14 09:34:59
Project website Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-09 10:33:16
Report on catalyst activity and stability studies Documents, reports 2020-04-09 10:33:16
Report on activity and stability of reference catalyst Documents, reports 2020-04-09 10:33:17

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


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Giorgio Ercolano, Filippo Farina, Lorenzo Stievano, Deborah J. Jones, Jacques Rozière, Sara Cavaliere
Preparation of Ni@Pt core@shell conformal nanofibre oxygen reduction electrocatalysts via microwave-assisted galvanic displacement
published pages: , ISSN: 2044-4753, DOI: 10.1039/c9cy01514k
Catalysis Science & Technology 2020-04-09
2018 Ludwig Asen, Sladjana Martens, Ueli Heiz, Alois C. Knoll, Oliver Schneider
Electrodeposition of Pt and Gd from the Same Ionic Liquid
published pages: 475-487, ISSN: 1938-5862, DOI: 10.1149/08613.0475ecst
ECS Transactions 86/13 2020-04-09
2019 Jonathan Diederich, Sladjana Martens, Ludwig Asen, Oliver Schneider
Electrodeposition of Platinum Catalyst from Ionic Liquids
published pages: 533-546, ISSN: 1938-5862, DOI: 10.1149/09208.0533ecst
ECS Transactions 92/8 2020-04-09
2019 Batyr Garlyyev, Johannes Fichtner, Oriol Piqué, Oliver Schneider, Aliaksandr S. Bandarenka, Federico Calle-Vallejo
Revealing the nature of active sites in electrocatalysis
published pages: 8060-8075, ISSN: 2041-6520, DOI: 10.1039/c9sc02654a
Chemical Science 10/35 2020-04-09
2019 F. Dionigi, C. Cesar Weber, M. Primbs, M. Gocyla, A. Martinez Bonastre, C. Spöri, H. Schmies, E. Hornberger, S. Kühl, J. Drnec, M. Heggen, J. Sharman, R. Edward Dunin-Borkowski, P. Strasser
Controlling Near-Surface Ni Composition in Octahedral PtNi(Mo) Nanoparticles by Mo Doping for a Highly Active Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalyst
published pages: 6876-6885, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.9b02116
Nano Letters 19/10 2020-04-09
2019 Friedemann Hegge, Jonathan Sharman, Riko Moroni, Simon Thiele, Roland Zengerle, Matthias Breitwieser, Severin Vierrath
Impact of Carbon Support Corrosion on Performance Losses in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells
published pages: F956-F962, ISSN: 0013-4651, DOI: 10.1149/2.0611913jes
Journal of The Electrochemical Society 166/13 2020-04-09
2018 Sladjana Martens, Ludwig Asen, Giorgio Ercolano, Fabio Dionigi, Chris Zalitis, Alex Hawkins, Alejandro Martinez Bonastre, Lukas Seidl, Alois C. Knoll, Jonathan Sharman, Peter Strasser, Deborah Jones, Oliver Schneider
A comparison of rotating disc electrode, floating electrode technique and membrane electrode assembly measurements for catalyst testing
published pages: 274-284, ISSN: 0378-7753, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.04.084
Journal of Power Sources 392 2020-04-09
2017 Giorgio Ercolano, Filippo Farina, Sara Cavaliere, Deborah J. Jones, Jacques Rozière
Multilayer Hierarchical Nanofibrillar Electrodes with Tuneable Lacunarity with 2D like Pt Deposits for PEMFC
published pages: 757-762, ISSN: 1938-5862, DOI: 10.1149/08008.0757ecst
ECS Transactions 80/8 2020-04-09
2018 Giorgio Ercolano, Sara Cavaliere, Jacques Rozière, Deborah J. Jones
Recent developments in electrocatalyst design thrifting noble metals in fuel cells
published pages: 271-277, ISSN: 2451-9103, DOI: 10.1016/j.coelec.2018.05.019
Current Opinion in Electrochemistry 9 2020-04-09

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