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SMARTH2PEM

SMARTH2PEM: development of a high performance, high pressure and low cost PEM electrolyzer for the supply of hydrogen

Description:

Development of a low power and high pressure PEM electrolyzer for the generation of high-purity hydrogen, with the aim of integrating it in a “Smart Grid” together with renewable energies, in order to absorb the surplus production and to make possible the generation of energy at times of high demand and low production.

Aims:

The aim of the project is the development of a low-power (1KW), high-pressure (> 15 bar) and competitive-cost PEM electrolyzer for the production of high-purity hydrogen (99.99%). Strategies to achieve it will be focused on 2 main lines:

  • Alternatives for the reduction of the cost of the PEM electrolyzer key components, improving also their efficiency (membranes, bipolar plates and electrocatalyst).
  • Efficient design of the different developed components.

Results:

  • Membranes suitable for the operation of the electrolyzer at high pressure and with an adequate durability.
  • MEAs by electrochemical methods.
  • Advanced electrodes that support the working conditions of the electrolyzer (P, T and oxidation).
  • Smart control system that allows managing the production of hydrogen in an efficient and safe way.
  • Validation of the performance of the laboratory-scale prototype under conditions that simulate generation using renewable energies.
  • Reduction of the dependence on fossil fuels by producing hydrogen, which is a clean fuel since its only by-product is water, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

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