The project has a budget of €11.5 million and a scheduled duration of 51 months, starting in April 2013 and concluding in June 2017.
Key highlights achieved for the project:
- Delivery of an AFC system that converts hydrogen into electricity, water and heat
- Successful scaled-up manufacture of fuel cell components
- Demonstration of an automated process that assembles components into fuel cell stacks ready for incorporation within the system
- Reduced installation and commissioning times (and costs) of the system through the development of a modular, containerised Balance of Plant
- Effective recycling of substrate plates, catalyst materials and stack components
- Understanding and quantifying the direct and indirect environmental burdens of the fuel cell system (including its hydrogen supply and component recycling) and the relevant socio-economic factors
- Meeting end-user reliability requirements and compatibility with end-user’s plant maintenance schedules
- Power successfully dispatched and sold to the grid
To achieve the objectives of project POWER-UP, AFC Energy has put together an international consortium of world-class expertise:
AFC Energy plc (UK) – Project Co-ordinator
Air Products plc (UK) – World’s leading supplier of hydrogen and site host
GB Innomech (UK) – Automation specialists
Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland) – Independent technical, environmental and economic evaluation
ZBT Centre for fuel cell technology (Germany) – CE marking and regulatory compliance
European Hydrogen Association (EU) – publicity and dissemination of results
Throughout the duration of project POWER-UP, tens of thousands of fuel cells will need to be assembled. UK automation specialist, GB Innomech, has used a combination of established automation processes to develop and commission a pilot automation system.
As part of the project, technical, environmental and economic assessments of the POWER-UP system will be conducted by the Paul Scherrer Institut of Switzerland. This will be an objective study based on a broad range of indicators at the multi-disciplinary level of sustainability.
Regulatory Compliance and CE Certification
ZBT GmbH has joined the consortium to ensure that the POWER-UP system complies with all relevant national and European regulations and will ensure that the system is CE-compliant by the end of the project.
POWER-UP received generous funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) managed by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Technology Initiative under grant agreement No. 325356.