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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 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 will be 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.