The JP on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen is organised in seven sub-programmes, each with specific research objectives, but working strongly together. 

SP 1 Electrolytes Coordinator: Deborah Jones (CNRS) and Vito Di Noto (Università di Padova)

The Sub-Programme Electrolytes mainly deals with developing new generations of high performance, low cost and durable electrolyte materials for low and high temperature fuel cells and electrolysers. Activities are harmonised with other SPs, and in particular with SP2 on Catalysts and Electrodes, to develop an integrated mid and long term research programme combining expertise from experimental approaches and computational modelling. Synergies are sought between research organisations for the rational use of facilities, exchange of students and researchers, exchange of materials and information.

SP Coordinator Contacts:

Deborah Jones (CNRS, France) -

Vito Di Noto (Università di Padova, Italy) -

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SP 2 Catalysts & Electrodes Coordinator: Peter Holtappels (DTU) and John Irvine (Universiy St. Andrews)

The sub programme targets the development a new generation highly active, low cost and durable catalysts/electrodes. This is addressed by identifying requirements of each electrochemical process which defines the type of electrode to be used. By harmonising activities with other SPs, a rational support and catalyst design is achieved, combining expertise from computational models and experimental approaches. Besides, synergies are achieved by sharing facilities which are available in the EERA laboratories to address specific problems and to investigate rate determining steps for the processes involved in low, intermediate and high temperature fuel cells, electrolysers and regenerative cells.

SP Coordinator Contacts:

Peter Holtappels (DTU, Denmark) - 

John Irvine (University St. Andrews, UK) - 

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SP 3 Stack Materials and Design Coordinator: Nikolaos Margaritis (FZJ) and Marie-Laure Fontaine (SINTEF)

The sub programme concentrates on issues that allow the cost effective manufacturing of ‘robust’ stacks. The latter term denoting stacks that can be rapidly thermally and load cycled and that can tolerate a defined degree of ‘mistreatment’ in the form of vibration, transient operation, fuel and air impurities etc. The issues encountered are very much focused on materials and novel design development and, although related to a goal of successful product engineering, specifically concern basic research in materials, materials processing, and component design.

SP Coordinator Contacts:

Nikolaos Margaritis (FZJ, Germany) - 

Marie-Laure Fontaine (SINTEF, Norway) - 

SP 4 Systems Coordinator: Syed-Asif Ansar (DLR) and Jari Kiviaho (VTT)

This sub programme deals with developments made on both a system level and a component level. The system level approach includes development of innovative fuel cell system concepts, while for the function/components level general targets will be decreased costs of components, prolonged life-time and availability of components.

Syed-Asif Ansar (DLR, Germany) - 

Jari Kiviaho (VTT, Finland) - 

SP 5 Modelling, Validation and Diagnosis Coordinator: Mathias Gérard (CEA) and Martin Andersson (Lund University)

The sub programme aims at reaching better understanding of the degradation mechanisms and the relationships with operating conditions. It also includes a more detailed development of mathematical descriptions of phenomena to be used in the prediction of performances and lifetime. To improve data input to the modelling and verification of models, specifications of experimental development of accelerated aging tests will be given.

SP Coordinator Contacts:

Mathias Gérard (CEA, France) - 

Martin Andersson (Lund University, Sweden) - 

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SP 6 Hydrogen Production and Handling Coordinator: Robert Steinberger-Wilckens (University of Birmingham) and Asuncion Fernandes (CSIC)

The sub programme concentrates on researching and developing cost effective and efficient non electrochemical hydrogen production methods by improving catalysts and materials, identifying novel approaches, optimising materials processing, and developing new, break-through designs for hydrogen production systems. The SP is also involved in the development and implementation of new Codes and Standards related to the aforementioned technologies, and strengthens the cooperation between the groups involved by promoting staff and student exchanges.

SP Coordinator Contacts:

Robert Steinberger-Wilckens (University of Birmingham, UK) - 

Asuncion Fernandes (CSIC, Spain) - 

SP 7 Hydrogen Storage Coordinator: Marcello Baricco (Università di Torino) and Klaus Taube (HZG)

The sub programme focuses on research, development and optimization of application integration of different technologies for hydrogen storage: a) compressed gas from low pressures for underground and overground large scale storage up to 700 bar and more for on-board storage in vehicles, b) liquid hydrogen, c) hydrogen carriers, e.g. solid state based hydrogen storage in metal hydrides, porous materials and irreversible hydrides, and liquid hydrogen carriers. Combinations of different technologies are also considered, e.g. cryo-compressed hydrogen storage or compressed hydrogen – solid-state hydrogen storage. Activities are focused on the following topics: a) materials development and characterization for tank hulls, e.g. metals, polymers, composites; b) materials for hydrogen carriers, both in solid and liquid state; c) hydrogen tank system development, including thermal management and gas control devices; d) integration of hydrogen stores, based on different technologies, with applications in the fields of hydrogen production, hydrogen transport and hydrogen use, as such as well as for conversion to electrical energy e.g. by fuel cells.

Marcello Baricco (University of Torino, Italy) -

Klaus Taube (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany) -

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