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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The Fuel cells and electrolyser testing facilities (FCTEST) laboratory is situated at the Joint Research Centre of Petten (The Netherlands). It was established to support developments in Regulation, Codes and Standards through the validation of testing procedures and measurement methodologies for the performance assessment of fuel cells.
It is also used in the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative for pre-normative research and harmonization of fuel cell and electrolyser test protocols and testing methodologies and their experimental validation.
The facility allows testing of low and high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks, components and entire systems for up to 100 kW electrical power in stationary and transport applications. In addition, electrolyser cells and high temperature solid oxide cells and stacks can be tested in fuel cell and electrolyser mode.
The facility also has capabilities for testing under simulated environmental conditions including temperature, relative ambient humidity (up to 95 %), and vibrations and shocks.
Access to the research infrastructure is granted on the basis of Access Units.
For FCTEST, the Access Unit corresponds to a ' Equipment day' made available for the experimental activities, and corresponds to a minimum of 8 hours of testing per day for any of the equipment in the following list:
*there is no average, depends on the project proposals and availability of the research infrastructure.
** the cost of an Equipment Day is factored by the following amounts for the following list of equipment:
Intellectual property rights are allocated according to Paragraph III of Annex 1: Intellectual Property Rights
The proposal must be prepared using the Market-driven Proposal Submission Form.
During preparation of the proposal, applicants are encouraged to:
The proposal should be submitted to JRC-RI-OPEN-ACCESS@ec.europa.eu by the closing date of the call.
The JRC will only evaluate proposals that are complete and comply with the instructions in the proposal submission form.
Proposal will be evaluated in accordance to the following selection criteria: