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Reference Number EP/C002601/1
Title Fuel Cells- Powering a Greener Future
Status Completed
Energy Categories HYDROGEN and FUEL CELLS(Fuel Cells) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 40%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 20%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor K Scott
No email address given
School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2005
End Date 31 December 2009
Duration 52 months
Total Grant Value £2,082,524
Industrial Sectors Energy; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region North East
Programme Process Environment and Sustainability
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor K Scott , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Professor J Irvine , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Dr RT Baker , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor A Atkinson , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor K. L. Choy , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ceres Power Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
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Abstract Fuel Cells are receiving considerable attention as clean, highly efficient devices for the production of both electricity and, for some applications, high grade waste heat, with the recent DTI study 'A fuel cell vision for the UK (2003)' predicting 5 million fuel cell vehicles and 10 GW of residential and commercial generation by 2020. However, considerable technical challenges remain for this promise to be realised. Specifically, advances are needed in the areas of as-manufactured fuel cell integrity, particularly with regards to the thick film ceramic electrolytes adopted in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, in fuel cell durability, in fuel cell power density, and in fuel flexibility, whether this be the ability to use renewable fuels such as bio-alcohols, or the ability to use logisticfuels such as diesel or kerosene. Furthermore, all of these issues need to be addressed in the context of the ultimate capital and operating cost of the fuel cell.This proposal brings together a world-class team of both academic and industrial partners to address these key issues. We will focus our efforts onto the three leading technologies being developed by our industrial collaborators, namely high temperature Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells (HT-PEMFCs), high temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (HT-SOFCs) for SOFC-gas turbine hybrid applications, and metal supported intermediate temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs) for operation at 500-600C. Uniquely, our approach will be to seek synergies in our work into these three technologies whenever possible. (Note : This is a"Supergen" project)
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