Researchers from Lancaster University (UK) are collaborating with Lancaster-based company NanoSUN to research materials that would be used in technology to purify hydrogen for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM), fuel cells.
PEM fuel cells need hydrogen with a very high level of purity to avoid contaminants damaging parts of the fuel cells. Purifiers are needed at the location where customers would refill their fuel cells as this would reduce the cost of storing and handling hydrogen.
The three-year research project is being supported by a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, funded by Innovate UK. The funding, worth more than £277,000 (US$363,000), will enable a dedicated researcher, known as a KTP Associate, to work on the project.
The partnership will leverage the University’s capabilities and expertise in hydrogen purification and analysis to refine and improve NanoSUN’s on-board hydrogen purifiers.