€3.59m Grant Award for Advanced Refuelling Product

28 Nov 2012

PhaedrusITM Power (AIM: ITM), the energy storage and clean fuel company, is pleased to announce that it has received confirmation of a €3.59m grant award from a programme of the European Union’s Joint Technology Initiatives. The award is to a consortium for the development of an advanced refuelling system using ITM Power’s high pressure hydrogen electrolysis technology. The Company’s share of this award is €0.87m.

In the three year programme, ITM Power will be working with consortium members Hydrogen Efficiency Technologies b.v. (HyET); H2 Logic A/S; Raufoss Fuel System AS; Daimler AG; Shell Global Solutions International B.v; Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung; Association pour la Recherche et le Développement des Méthodes Processus Industriels (ARMINES); European Commission, Directorate-General Joint Research Centre, Institute for Energy (JRC-IE); Hochschule Esslingen and Uniresearch b.v., which will have overall management responsibility for the project.

The programme, known as the PHAEDRUS project and funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (SP1-JTI-FCH.2001.2.7), aims to develop an all electrochemical high pressure (70 MPa) hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) in the passenger car segment. This will demonstrate the applicability of electrochemical hydrogen compression technology in combination with self-pressurising Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolyser technology.

The project will develop a high pressure HRS infrastructure, with a modular dispensing capacity in the range of 50-200 kg/day, ready for roll-out from 2015 onwards. Key objectives include the validation of the safety aspects of the system, its efficiency and the economic viability of the modular design concept.

ITM Power’s role in the project is to develop an electrolyser design capable of delivering 200 kg/day of hydrogen at a pressure of 20 MPa and operating at an efficiency of 85% at a high current density (3 A/cm2). The design will be validated at the 5 kg/day scale. The endurance of the electrolyser will be evaluated using accelerated testing to assess the safety of operation and as a route to develop communication and control protocols for the electrolyser and balance of plant.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO, ITM Power commented: "PHAEDRUS is an important, multi-national refuelling project that brings together the best technology in Europe to build a low cost high performance product for the mass arrival of FCEV in 2015. We are very pleased to be once again at the heart and forefront of hydrogen refuelling technology in Europe."

Source: ITM Power

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