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Efficient and robust fuel cell with novel ceramic proton conducting electrolyte

Project data

Project: EFFIPRO
Funding source: EU proposal
Term: 3 years

Project objective

The EFFIPRO project aims to develop stable and robust electrolytes and electrodes for proton conducting fuel cells.

Projec partners

  • The project counts seven partners in five countries, with leadership and PC-SOFC dedication.
  • Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ)
  • University of Oslo
  • Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark
  • Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
  • French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Project work

EFFIPRO will develop electrolytes and electrodes for proton conducting solid oxide fuel cells (PC-SOFCs) based on novel LaNbO4-type and similar proton conducting oxides. The project aims to improve proton conductivity through doping strategies and interface engineering, investigating new classes of stable proton conducting oxides, and developing technologies for thin film electrolytes on suitable substrates.

It is the goal that PC-SOFCs will be available by 2020, accelerate the use of fuel cells, reduce CO2 emissions, and increase efficiency by 10% where applied, promote the hydrogen society, and be a dominating fuel cell technology.

Early applications expectedly comprise distributed power as well as auxiliary and general power needs in heavy transportation (ships, trucks) based on hydrogen or on-board reformed fossil fuels.

Contacts at Forschungszentrum Jülich

Dr. Wilhelm A. Meulenberg:

Fr. Anne Bosch: