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13 Nov 2012 04:11:30

EU funding for PEM fuel cell innovation – IMPACT



ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has received confirmation of a €3.9m (£3.17m) grant award to a consortium to develop proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) with ultra-low platinum loadings for automotive applications. The Company’s share of this award is €0.59m (£0.48m), recognised over the three years of the programme.

ITM Power will be working in a consortium of 12 members, led by Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., comprising:

- Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique
- Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
- Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
- European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre
- Institute for Energy
- Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Limited
- Solvay Solexis S.p.A.
- University of Applied Science Esslingen
- TU Berlin
- Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse
- Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg

The programme, known as the IMPACT project and funded under the Seventh Framework Programme addresses the aim of improving the lifetime of PEM fuel cells with MEAs containing ultralow platinum loadings (<0.2 mg/cm2) for automotive applications.

The overall objective of IMPACT is to develop MEAs with improved durability (>5,000 hours) at high performance and having ultra-low platinum loadings for automotive applications. In particular, the project addresses the understanding of degradation processes which apply to such MEAs; understanding the relationship between degradation, lifetime and platinum loading; development of improved MEA components (membranes, dispersions, catalysts); improved performance under dynamic operating conditions.

ITM Power's main role in the project is to further develop its hydrocarbon PEM membrane offering and to evaluate the performance and durability of MEAs developed in the project under the agreed dynamic operating conditions and to undertake assessment of low platinum loading approaches.

Dr Simon Bourne, CTO, ITM Power plc commented: "ITM Power is delighted to be part of this project which brings together leading fuel cell technologies to address key challenges for the next generation of automotive fuel cells. The project will also strengthen relationships with the fuel cell component supply chain, an important aspect of our strategy and complimentary to our work with the Carbon Trust."


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