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TOPIC : Game changer fuel cell stack for automotive applications

Topic identifier: FCH-01-6-2018
Publication date: 16 January 2018

Types of action: FCH2-RIA Research and Innovation action
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
16 January 2018
Deadline: 24 April 2018 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
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Pillar: Societal Challenges
Work Programme Year: H2020-JTI-FCH-2018
Work Programme Part: H2020-JTI-FCH-2018
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  • 20 August 2018 17:58

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Topic Description
Specific Challenge:

The present PEMFC stack technology for automotive application shows limitations (performances, durability, production cost) which appear to be difficult to overcome by incrementing each component such as membrane, catalyst or MEA. In order to reach the OEMs targets and to prepare the next generation of stack for transport applications and in order for Europe to stay competitive versus North America or Asia, new disruptive stack concepts are needed involving new stack architecture, new materials and new processes.
For a next generation with higher performance new concepts considering the stack as a whole and no more as the sum of individual components have to be investigated. In this approach, each stack component will be designed and optimized simultaneously, as part of a more complex system.

Scope:

To develop a higher performance stack for automotive application, all components (BBP, GDL, MPL, electrodes, and membrane) have to be designed accordingly, in a full size single cell approach. For this purpose, there has to be a focus on interface optimisation between components where new material and processes will have to be investigated, in order to optimise performance and durability while decreasing production cost. An integrated solution at the single cell level is highly recommended.
Beyond performance increase, thanks to new design and associated processes, new stack architecture allowing a simplified BOP will be privileged in order to have a global system approach for system cost reduction. As an example, new stack concept working at lower pressure without compressor is among the possible solution.
New innovative material solutions (such as new membrane) will be also a disruptive way to be associated to the previous challenge.
Furthermore, new concepts for stack integration and interfaces with BOP will have also to be investigated (integrated terminal plates, innovative connection with BOP…).
The selection between best material/process solutions should be justified and documented, possibly through modelling.
TRL start: 2 and TRL end: 3.
The consortium should include component and stack suppliers, component-testing organisations. The project should build on the activities and results reached in previous or existing FCH 2 JU projects, e.g. Autostack or Autostack Core projects, dealing with stack and stack component development.
Any safety-related event that may occur during execution of the project shall be reported to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) dedicated mailbox JRC-PTT-H2SAFETY@ec.europa.eu, which manages the European hydrogen safety reference database, HIAD.
Test activities should collaborate and use the protocols developed by the JRC Harmonisation Roadmap (see section 3.2.B "Collaboration with JRC – Rolling Plan 2018"), in order to benchmark performance of components and allow for comparison across different projects.


The FCH 2 JU considers that proposals requesting a contribution of EUR 3 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.
Expected duration: 3-4 years

Expected Impact:

The main impacts to be addressed are the following:

  • Power density > 2 W/cm2 at 0.66 V;
  • Volumetric power density > 5 kW/l at nominal power;
  • Specific power density > 4 kW/kg at nominal power;
  • Durability: > 6,000 hours;
  • Stack production cost < 20 €/kW (for > 100 000 units/year);
  • Stack max operating temperature of 105 °C;

The outcome will be at least a short-stack (minimum power 5 kW), to be tested with AST protocol representative for at least 6 month real operative conditions.


Type of action: Research and Innovation Action
The conditions related to this topic are provided in the chapter 3.3 and in the General Annexes to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018– 2020 which apply mutatis mutandis.

Topic conditions and documents

1.   Eligible countries: described in Annex A of the H2020 main Work Programme.

      A number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects. See the information in the Online Manual.

 

2.   Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in Annex B and Annex C of the H2020 main Work Programme.

 The following exception applies (see 'chapter 3.3. Call management rules' from the FCH2 JU 2018 Work Plan and specific topic description):

- "For all Innovation Actions, an additional eligibility criterion has been introduced to limit the FCH 2 JU requested contribution"

     Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the proposal template in the submission tool below.

 

3.   Evaluation:

  • Evaluation criteria, scoring and thresholds are described in Annex H of the H2020 main Work Programme.
  • Submission and evaluation processes are described in the Online Manual.
     

4.   Indicative time for evaluation and grant agreement:
      Information on the outcome of evaluation: maximum 5 months from the deadline for submission.
      Signature of grant agreements: maximum 8 months from the deadline for submission.

 

5.   Proposal templates, evaluation forms and model grant agreements (MGA):

FCH JU Research and Innovation Action (FCH-RIA)

Specific rules and funding rates
Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
Standard evaluation form
FCH JU MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

FCH JU Innovation Action (FCH-IA)

Specific rules and funding rates
Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
Standard evaluation form
FCH JU MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

FCH JU Coordination and Support Action (FCH-CSA)

Specific rules and funding rates
Proposal templates are available after entering the submission tool below.
Standard evaluation form
FCH JU MGA - Multi-Beneficiary
H2020 Annotated Grant Agreement

 

6.   Additional requirements:

      Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
      Classified information
      Technology readiness levels (TRL)
      Financial support to Third Parties
 

Members of consortium are required to conclude a consortium agreement, in principle prior to the signature of the grant agreement.

7.   Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions.

Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.

Open access to research data
The Open Research Data Pilot has been extended to cover all Horizon 2020 topics for which the submission is opened on 26 July 2016 or later. Projects funded under this topic will therefore by default provide open access to the research data they generate, except if they decide to opt-out under the conditions described in Annex L of the H2020 main Work Programme. Projects can opt-out at any stage, that is both before and after the grant signature.

Note that the evaluation phase proposals will not be evaluated more favourably because they plan to open or share their data, and will not be penalised for opting out.

Open research data sharing applies to the data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications. Additionally, projects can choose to make other data available open access and need to describe their approach in a Data Management Plan.

Projects need to create a Data Management Plan (DMP), except if they opt-out of making their research data open access. A first version of the DMP must be provided as an early deliverable within six months of the project and should be updated during the project as appropriate. The Commission already provides guidance documents, including a template for DMPs. See the Online Manual.

Eligibility of costs: costs related to data management and data sharing are eligible for reimbursement during the project duration.

The legal requirements for projects participating in this pilot are in the article 29.3 of the Model Grant Agreement.

8.   Additional documents

FCH JU Work Plan
FCH2 JU Multi Annual Work Plan 
FCH2 JU – Regulation of establishment
H2020 Regulation of Establishment
H2020 Rules for Participation
H2020 Specific Programme
 

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