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Project PEMICAN

Project subtitle

PEM with Innovative low cost Core for Automotive applicatioN

Up to now, much work has been performed on the catalyst but much on the active layers’ structure and on the two other major components (carbon and electrolyte) whereas they do have a major impact on the MEA’s performance and on Pt utilization. Based on this analysis, PEMICAN proposes to reduce the Pt loading for automotive application down to 0.15 gram of Pt per kW, by a twofold approach: 1.to increase Pt utilization and power density by improving effective transport properties of ALs by tuning some properties of the electrolyte and by adding special carbon blacks in order to improve catalyst, electrolyte distribution and water management; 2.to reduce Pt loading by controlling its distribution: very thin layer on the anode side and gradients of Pt on the cathode side. These structured layers will be defined in order to optimise the utilization of the Pt. The combination of these two approaches will allow reducing the total mass of Pt for a given power density. Whereas the main objective of PEMICAN is to develop and manufacture MEAs with reduced quantity of Pt, it is supported by numerical modelling to help defining the best Pt distribution. Special structural and electrochemical characterizations will be done to improve the existing models and to analyse the performance of our MEAs as a function of manufacturing processes and properties of components. Performance and durability tests under automotive conditions will be performed and analysed. PEMICAN will demonstrate gains in terms of Pt cost (g Pt/kW) obtained by improving the design and properties of the ALs. Its results will be useful also In the future when non pure Pt is available. The Consortium is built-up on the expertises of 6 European organisations with complementary skills: 2 Research Institutes (CEA and INASMET), 1 University (IMPERIAL COLLEGE), 2 industrial suppliers (SOLEXIS, TIMCAL) and 1 automotive OEM (OPEL). Among these partners, 4 of them are active members of the FCH JTI.

Project Information

Type of project : Research

Timing : 01/04/2011 > 31/03/2014

Project Budget : 3.955.219 €

Funding



Project partners

Coordinator :
CEA - Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

Partners :
TECNALIA Research & Innovation (TECNALIA)

ADAM OPEL AG

SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS ITALY S.P.A.

IMERYS GRAPHITE & CARBON SWITZERLAND SA

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE


Sub project(s)

1

Sub project 1

Country
France
Address

RUE LEBLANC 25 75015 PARIS 15

Sub project categories
geo
48.8400497, 2.2736285

Project Id: 1064

This project datasheet was last updated on : 21.11.2017

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