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.