DERri is a collaborative research project under the European FP7 programme gathering 16 partners from 12 countries distributed all over Europe. The project partners have unique and complementary DER research infrastructures and leading DER expertise.
Moreover, DERri is aimed at enhancing the access capability of the consorted facilities, developing new features and improving their operating conditions through the sharing of best practices and the implementation of common procedures, standards and interfaces.
Researchers from EU get assisted and access to the DER research infrastructure facilities in Europe through DERri.
Within DERri, the aim of the project PEMFCOLD is 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 cellG300 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 been carried on at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
VTT is the biggest multi-technological applied research organisation in Northern Europe. With its staff of 3,100, its unique research facilities and extensive global co-operation networks, it provides leading-edge technology solutions and innovation services.