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€3.59M PHAEDRUS project for all-electrochemical high-pressure hydrogen refueling for passenger cars

28 November 2012

UK-based ITM Power has received confirmation of a €3.59-million (US$4.66-million) grant award from a program of the European Union’s Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI). The award is to a consortium for the development of an advanced hydrogen refueling system using ITM Power’s high pressure hydrogen electrolysis technology. ITM Power’s share of this award is €0.87 million (US$1.12 million).

The program, known as the PHAEDRUS project and funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (SP1-JTI-FCH.2001.2.7), aims to develop an all-electrochemical high pressure (70 MPa, 10,000 psi) hydrogen refueling station (HRS) for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in the passenger car segment.

The project is intended to demonstrate the applicability of electrochemical hydrogen compression technology in combination with self-pressurizing Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer technology. The project will develop a high pressure Hydrogen Refueling System (HRS) infrastructure, with a modular dispensing capacity in the range of 50-200kg/day, ready for roll-out from 2015 onwards. Key objectives include the validation of the safety aspects of the system, its efficiency and the economic viability of the modular design concept.

ITM Power’s role in the project is to develop an electrolyzer design capable of delivering 200 kg/day of hydrogen at a pressure of 20 MPa and operating at an efficiency of 85% at a high current density (3A/cm2). The design will be validated at the 5 kg/day scale. The endurance of the electrolyzer will be evaluated using accelerated testing to assess the safety of operation and as a route to develop communication and control protocols for the electrolyzer and balance of plant.

In the three year program, ITM Power will be working with consortium members Hydrogen Efficiency Technologies b.v. (HyET); H2 Logic A/S; Raufoss Fuel System AS; Daimler AG; Shell Global Solutions International B.v; Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung; Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes Processus Industriels (ARMINES); European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy (JRC-IE); Hochschule Esslingen; and Uniresearch b.v., an independent grant consultancy focusing on technological innovations, which will have overall management responsibility for the project.

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How does 85% compare to present mechanical methods of compressing hydrogen?.. it would be nice if you could store excess wind power production.

Im interrested to buy but there is too many investors that will want to have a share of the hydrogen they will be selling. Itm can do it alone with their own investment and install this efficient machine themself.

That way consortium members Hydrogen Efficiency Technologies b.v. (HyET); H2 Logic A/S; Raufoss Fuel System AS; Daimler AG; Shell Global Solutions International B.v; Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung; Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes Processus Industriels (ARMINES); European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy (JRC-IE); Hochschule Esslingen; and Uniresearch b.v., will be by-pass and it will cost less in subsidies and itm will collect the profits for them so it will cost less as there is less intermediates.

A D is always interested to buy, but...

Herm, mechanical compression is far less efficient.  If a high-pressure cell can produce H2 at an energy efficiency of 85% with the product already at 200 bar (fueling pressure 350 or 700 bar), that's a pretty good advance.

The problem for making it economic is getting the capital cost down.  Interest must be paid whether the device is being used or not, and an electrolysis system used to take intermittent energy surpluses is going to have a much lower production per dollar invested than one which operates 24/7 or even every night overnight.  You reach economic breakeven a lot sooner if you're using surplus nuclear power than surplus RE.

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