In this section you will find links and information about our EU projects.
DERri is a collaborative research project under the European FP7 programme gathering 16 partners from 12 countries distributed all over Europe. Researchers from EU get assisted and access to the DER research infrastructure facilities in Europe through DERri. Within the framework of DERri, the aim of the project PEMFCOLD was the definition of a standard test procedure and the execution of an environmental experimental test activity to diagnostic, at subzero temperatures, the startup, operation and shutdown of the portable fuel cell G300 HFC realized by Genport srl. Successful start-up from subzero temperatures is of paramount importance for the commercialization of PEMFCs for practical applications such as backup power, automotive, defence and emergency in cold territories. While the characteristics of PEMFC dynamics have been studied by several groups, research on PEMFC cold start-up is relatively new and some aspects of degradation caused by freeze/thaw cycling are discussed controversially in literature. PEMFCOLD environmental tests has be carried on at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
Under the 7th Framework Programme for Research, technological Development and Demonstration of the European Commission, the project PEMBeyond has been granted. Genport is the industrial participant that will develop the 5kW PEMFC.
In this project, a cost-competitive, energy-efficient and durable integrated PEMFC based power system operating on crude bioethanol will be developed for back-up and off-grid power generation for application such as Telecom Tower.