GAIA project accelerates fuel-cells development for automotive

17.07.2019

Elmarco takes part in GAIA project, supported from EU Horizon 2020 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking programme. Elmarco as a member of project consortium provides nanofibrous web production at pilot scale and industrial scale using free-surface electrospinning technology patented by Elmarco. The project consortium is coordinated by CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and includes also BMW Group, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, 3M Deutschland, Freudenberg Performance Materials, Zentrum für Sonnenenergie und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg, Technical University of Munich, Technical University of Berlin and Pretexo.

GAIA aims to developing a high performance automotive Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) that provides the materials and designs that satisfy the cost target by providing high power density at high current density, while also attaining the other essential objectives of durability, reliability and high operation temperature. Its intention is to:

  • Realise the potential of these components in next generation MEAs showing a step-change in performance that will largely surpass the state of the art by delivering a beginning of life power density of 1.8 W/cm2 at 0.6 V;
  • Validate the MEA performance and durability in full size cell short stacks, with durability tests of 1,000 h with extrapolation to 6,000 h.
  • Provide a cost assessment study that demonstrates that the MEAs can achieve the cost target of 6 €/kW for an annual production rate of 1 million square metres.

GAIA will develop and bring together advanced critical PEM fuel cell components. These components will be integrated into a fuel cell that is capable of delivering on the most challenging of the performance, cost and durability targets required for large-scale automotive fuel cell commercialisation. New designs, architectures, constructions and deposition methods will be used at the level of the components and at the level of their integration in the catalyst layer, where novel constructions and coating methods will be used. While some of the materials and components are early developments with the technology concept formulated, the majority have already been proven experimentally. These components will be further advanced, optimised and integrated into next generation automotive MEAs to demonstrate the application of the technology.

 

More info: http://www.gaia-fuelcell.eu 

 

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 826097. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research. 

 

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