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Reference Number EP/N013778/1
Title Integrated anode-less PEM fuel cells (iaPEM-FC) - beyond hydrogen
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Stationary applications) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen end uses (incl. combustion; excl. fuel cells)) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Hydrogen storage) 25%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells, Mobile applications) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr L Torrente Murciano
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Chemical Engineering
University of Bath
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2016
End Date 31 December 2019
Duration 45 months
Total Grant Value £498,834
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region South West
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr L Torrente Murciano , Chemical Engineering, University of Bath (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Dr F Marken , Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Bath (0.001%)
Dr K Black , Centre for Materials and Structures, University of Liverpool (0.001%)
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Abstract Due to their great versatility, fuel cells have the possibility of powering everything from small microchips on mobile phones (small voltage) to vehicles (medium voltage) to space shuttles and submarines (high voltage applications). However, despite their potential, the strict requirement of a highly pure hydrogen feed presents difficult challenges regarding storage, safety and economical purification, compromising the widely-accepted view of hydrogen as a competitive alternative to fossil fuels in a renewable energy future. This project will produce a step-change technological evolution of the existing PEM fuel cells by switching the anode process to indirect hydrogen. The resulting technology will be part of a revolution in energy supply where energy from waste, energy surplus, industry energy recycling will complement and surpass fossil fuels. It will transform our understanding of the H2-economy, broadening the concept into renewable hydrogen vectors such ammonia reservoirs (urea, farm waste, municipal waste streams, industrial waste, etc.) and carbohydrate reservoirs in the future (waste streams, cellulosic materials or neoteric fuels from carbon dioxide) providing a renewable, affordable, accessible and non-polluting energy

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