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Reference Number EP/G030995/1
Title Supergen Fuel Cell Consortium - Fuel cells - Powering a Greener Future - CORE
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 2009
End Date 28 February 2014
Duration 54 months
Total Grant Value £3,577,942
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Energy : Energy
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor K Scott , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (99.986%)
  Other Investigator Dr S (Shanwen ) Tao , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Dr A Marquis , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr JA Elliott , Materials Science & Metallurgy, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Prof A (Anthony ) Kucernak , Chemistry, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor J Irvine , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Dr M Cassidy , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Dr PA Connor , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Dr CD Savaniu , Chemistry, University of St Andrews (0.001%)
Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor PA Christensen , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor A Atkinson , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Professor JA (John ) Kilner , Materials, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr C (Claire ) Adjiman , Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr D Brett , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ceres Power Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Intelligent Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey Technology Centre (0.000%)
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Abstract Fuel Cells continue to receive considerable attention as clean, highly efficient devices for the production of both electricity and, for some applications, high grade waste heat. However, considerable technical challenges remain for fuel cell to achieve greater penetration into commercial markets. It is worth emphasising the shift in research landscape within which the Supergen fuel cell consortium is operating. As fuel cell technology continues to mature, the fuel cell research community isbeing asked to place increasing emphasis on improving its fundamental understanding of materials behaviour under realistic operating conditions and duty cycles, especially where this relates to failure modes, and materials/cell degradation. Thus the work programme of this second phase will very muchfocus on generic and fundamental research, targeted onto real problems identified in discussion with our industry partners. This means that during this second phase, it will remain the case thatthe Supergen consortium will put an emphasis on knowledge transfer to industry, though of course patents will be filed where appropriate. It is then largely the responsibility of the industry partners toexploit this knowledge in the context of their own technology programmeThe proposed second phase of the Supergen fuel cell consortium refreshes the membership, with three new academics; Kucernak (Imperial), Brett (UCL) and Elliott (Cambridge) and with four academic teams continuing; Brandon (Imperial), Scott (Newcastle), Atkinson (Imperial) and Irvine (St Andrews). All three industry partners remain within the consortium for its second phase; Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems, Ceres Power and Johnson Matthey, with the addition of a fourth new industry partner, Intelligent Energy. This new team maintains the consortium strength in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, whilst adding significant extra capacity in Polymer Fuel Cells within both the industry and academic teams. This provides a shift in emphasis within the consortium to developing an improved understanding of failure modes and performance limitations within current fuel cell devices, and the need for greater scientific understanding to tackle these failure modes.In addition the consortium will continue to deliver its training courses in fuel cell science and engineering to consortium staff and students, external researchers to theconsortium and to appropriate Doctoral Training Centres and to disseminate the work of the consortium (through publication and conference presentation, including an annual open conference) and to extend its international collaboration
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