is laboratory manager for the fuel cell test facilities responsible for experimental work, safety and quality assurance. He has more than 10 years professional experience in materials science and engineering gained for energy conversion applications including fuel cells.
The Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) is part of the Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. Its mission is to provide scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of community policies related to energy. Special emphasis is given to the security of energy supply and sustainable and safe energy production. JRC supports EU actions by executing its specific research programmes in the fields of clean and sustainable energy spanning both nuclear and non-nuclear domains. Typical activities encompass nuclear safety in the enlarged EU; clean, efficient biomass combustion and gasification, and harmonisation and validation of safety and performance assessment of fuel cells and hydrogen technologies. The Institute concentrates on S&T reference systems for policy support at European level networking, especially in areas where integrated action at the Community level in support to policies is needed, and finally on mobility of scientific skills. It also performs contractual work co-financed by the indirect actions of the Framework Programme (FP) and work for third parties as well as work at the direct request of Commission Services.
Fluid Management component improvement for Back up fuel cell systems
Requirement for sustainable and environmentally acceptable energy sources initiated rapid development of various energy production technologies, mostly employing renewable energy sources. But in the shade of the new technologies remain already well established tehnologies that are no less important for reliable and efficient operation of energy plants as well as the costs of the produced energy. The so called balance of plant (BoP) components are therefore the main scope of the FluMaBack project, focusing mainly on BoP components for fuel cell systems.
The project brought together ten partners both enterprises and research institutions from four EU countries in quest for improved design and operation of various BoP components in terms of improved reliability and efficiency, extended lifetime, simplifying production and reducing overall cost of an entire fuel cell system.
FluMaBack project scope and goals
The FluMaBack (Abbreviation for Fluid Management component improvement for Back up fuel cell systems) project aims to improve the performance, life time and cost of BoP (balance of plant) components of back up fuel cell systems specifically developed for emerging countries where long black-outs occur (8-9 hours per day) and very hard operative conditions are present (high temperature, high degree of humidity). Due to this requirement for long time operation the improvement of sub-system components addressed in the present project will benefit both back-up and CHP applications. The project focuses on new design and improvement of BoP components, aimed at:
The project is focused on the most critical BoP components with the largest potential for performance improvement and cost reductions:
Project consortium consist of both industrial and academic partners. Relevant research institutes and universities support the industries in the development and evaluation of BoP components. As the industrial partners are actively supplying the fuel cell business, the project results can be implemented rapidly, enhancing the impact of the project.