Project – Collaboration with Danish Companies in Development of Fuel Cells

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Project – Collaboration with Danish Companies in Development of Fuel Cells

Development of Components for Polymer Fuel Cells (LT PEM FC and HT PEM FC)

The project is completed. The project was a prestudy to other projects.


Project start February 2007. Expected completion January 2010.

The Danish companies, IRD Fuel Cells A/S and Danish Power Systems, are collaborating with the Danish Technological Institute to develop cheap materials and produce suitable components for polymer fuel cells in a three-year project. 

The Danish Technological Institute has so far developed a packing material that can be used for two types of fuel cells, which have an operating temperature of 80ºC and 150ºC respectively. At the moment the focus is on the manufacturing processes for the new packing materials. The material will later be tested in real fuel cells.

Parallel to the work on packing materials, so called bipolar plates are being developed. It is the plan to produce the plates by injection moulding of conductive polymer/carbon composite. Today, the price of the bipolar plates is EUR 500 per square metre but it has to come down to approximately EUR 50 per square metre before a genuine commercial breakthrough can become a reality. Having said this, ‘we believe the project will contribute to the ability to produce fuel cells based on hydrogen cheaply and easily in the future’, says Director of Development Steen Yde-Andersen from IRD Fuel Cells A/S.

The components constitute the central parts in fuel cell installations that produce sustainable energy.

An example would be a gas boiler, which in addition to heat produces electricity for the home. The fuel cell’s preferred fuel is pure hydrogen, which can be supplied through the natural gas network.

Project Objectives

  • Developing materials, plastic composites with high conductivity for high and low temperature polymer fuel cells (LT PEM FC and HT PEM FC)
  • Developing corrosion proof packing materials for high and low temperature polymer fuel cells (LT PEM FC and HT PEM FC)
  • Developing production methods for bipolar plates and packing, that could be industrialised.

Participants

  • Danish Energy Agency
  • IRD Fuel Cells A/S
  • Danish Power Systems

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