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Reference Number EP/L015749/1
Title EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and their Fuels - Clean Power for the 21st Century
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Stationary applications) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Mobile applications) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Other applications) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen) 25%;
Research Types Training 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 5%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 80%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Environmental dimensions) 10%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 10%;
Principal Investigator Professor R (Robert ) Steinberger-Wilckens
No email address given
Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2014
End Date 28 February 2023
Duration 107 months
Total Grant Value £4,486,482
Industrial Sectors Aerospace; Defence and Marine; Energy; Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region West Midlands
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor R (Robert ) Steinberger-Wilckens , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Dr NV Rees , Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham (0.001%)
Professor NP (Nigel ) Brandon , Earth Science and Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
Dr L Bartlett , Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, Loughborough University (0.001%)
Dr G Walker , Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham (0.001%)
Dr D Brett , Chemical Engineering, University College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ceres Power Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Sheffield Forgemasters Engineering Ltd (SFEL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Intelligent Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , National Physical Laboratory (NPL) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Ulster (0.000%)
Project Contact , BAE Systems Integrated System Technologies Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Johnson Matthey plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , HORIBA MIRA Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airbus UK Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , AFC Energy (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , ITM Power PLC (0.000%)
Project Contact , TATA Motors Engineering Technical Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , Cenex (0.000%)
Project Contact , ETI (Energy Technologies Institute) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Innovate UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Adelan Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Zytek Group Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany (0.000%)
Project Contact , Arcola Energy Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Microcab Industries Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Riversimple Engineering Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute Ltd (HSSMI Ltd) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Eminate Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil (0.000%)
Project Contact , Hart Materials Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Idea Source (0.000%)
Project Contact , EPL Composite Solutions (0.000%)
Project Contact , Airmax Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Census Bio UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Revolve technologies Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Mico Group, Singapore (0.000%)
Project Contact , Miba Coatings Group (0.000%)
Project Contact , Morgan Motor Company (0.000%)
Project Contact , Knowledge Transfer Networks KTN (0.000%)
Project Contact , McCamley Middle East Ltd UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , PV3 Technologies Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , UK Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), France (0.000%)
Project Contact , University of Yamanashi, Japan (0.000%)
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Abstract The CDT proposal 'Fuel Cells and their Fuels - Clean Power for the 21st Century' is a focused and structured programme to train >52 students within 9 years in basic principles of the subject and guide them in conducting their PhD theses. This initiative answers the need for developing the human resources well before the demand for trained and experienced engineering and scientific staff begins to strongly increase towards the end of this decade. Market introduction of fuel cell products is expected from 2015 and the requirement for effort in developing robust and cost effective products will grow in parallel with market entry.The consortium consists of the Universities of Birmingham (lead), Nottingham, Loughborough, Imperial College and University College of London. Ulster University is added as a partner in developing teaching modules. The six Centre directors and the 60+ supervisor group have an excellent background of scientific and teaching expertise and are well established in national and international projects and Fuel Cell, Hydrogen and other fuel processing research and development.The Centre programme consists of seven compulsory taught modules worth 70 credit points, covering the four basic introduction modules to Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technologies and one on Safety issues, plus two business-oriented modules which were designed according to suggestions from industry partners. Further - optional - modules worth 50 credits cover the more specialised aspects of Fuel Cell and fuel processing technologies, but also include socio-economic topics and further modules on business skills that are invaluable in preparing students for their careers in industry. The programme covers the following topics out of which the individual students will select their area of specialisation:- electrochemistry, modelling, catalysis;- materials and components for low temperature fuel cells (PEFC, 80 and 120 -130 degC), and for high temperature fuel cells (SOFC) operating at 500 to 800 degC;- design, components, optimisation and control for low and high temperature fuel cell systems; including direct use of hydrocarbons in fuel cells, fuel processing and handling of fuel impurities; integration of hydrogen systems including hybrid fuel-cell-battery and gas turbine systems; optimisation, control design and modelling; integration of renewable energies into energy systems using hydrogen as a stabilising vector;- hydrogen production from fossil fuels and carbon-neutral feedstock, biological processes, and by photochemistry; hydrogen storage, and purification; development of low and high temperature electrolysers;- analysis of degradation phenomena at various scales (nano-scale in functional layers up to systems level), including the development of accelerated testing procedures;- socio-economic and cross-cutting issues: public health, public acceptance, economics, market introduction; system studies on the benefits of FCH technologies to national and international energy supply.The training programme can build on the vast investments made by the participating universities in the past and facilitated by EPSRC, EU, industry and private funds. The laboratory infrastructure is up to date and fully enables the work of the student cohort.Industry funding is used to complement the EPSRC funding and add studentships on top of the envisaged 52 placements. The Centre will emphasise the importance of networking and exchange of information across the scientific and engineering field and thus interacts strongly with the EPSRC-SUPERGEN Hub in Fuel Cells and Hydrogen, thus integrating the other UK universities active in this research area, and also encourage exchanges with other European and international training initiatives. The modules will be accessible to professionals from the interacting industry in order to foster exchange of students with their peers in industry
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Added to Database 01/05/14