Brussels launches major hydrogen fuel cell research project.
This latest funding announcement is split into five sections. The most important for the auto manufacturing sector is a Euro 26.4 million tranche on transport and refuelling infrastructure, about which the Commission has outlined six projects upon which it wants to spent money. These include large-scale demonstration projects of hydrogen fuel cell road vehicles and associated refuelling infrastructure, such as hydrogen filling stations. Another is the development of electric-driven turbocharger for fuel cells. A third focuses on developing and optimizing electrodes for the archetypal kind of fuel cell--the PEM FC (proton exchange membrane fuel cell) and gas diffusion layers (GDLs), which help regulate their operation.
Another topic for potential funding is cryogenic hydrogen storage. A fifth is preliminary research into the use of composites for hydrogen storage. And finally the Commission wants to fund early research into fuel quality issues associated with hydrogen fuel cells.
Other sections have a more general application for hydrogen fuel cell technology development, including industrial uses. There is Euro 5.7 million to be spent on hydrogen production and distribution, for instance on developing gas purification technologies for hydrogen production. Another Euro 10.3 million has been earmarked for projects designed to assist the development of early hydrogen fuel cell markets. One project here focuses on demonstrating fuel-cell powered materials for vehicles and associated infrastructure. There is Euro 3 million for cross-cutting issues such as training, education and promoting fuel-cell focused small businesses. And Euro 25.9 million will go on developing stationary power generation. The deadline for applications is October 15 and the money will be sourced from the EU's major 'seventh framework programme' on research and development.
http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.CooperationDetailsCallPage&call _id=225#infopack for more details
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|Date:||Jul 1, 2009|
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