Transportable FC gensets for temporary power supply in urban applications

The EU market for temporary and transportable power is increasing due to the general improving economic outlook driving the growth in construction activities, and the increase of social and cultural events (festivals and markets) in urban areas. Diesel gensets are the current status quo in the targeted applications and the societal challenge to be addressed is the reduction of carbon emissions and noise pollution, while achieving higher energy efficiencies in the urban environment. This topic provides a potential ‘doorway’ to the much larger diesel genset replacement market by facilitating fuel cell deployment into “early markets” where diesel genset replacement is reachable due to increasing urban regulations on noise and harmful emissions. The current “clean” alternative is putting connections to the local electricity grid in place. However, due to capacity issues on the grid -most often caused by the charging of electric vehicles- these cables are getting very expensive and/or it is impossible to find the right connection to the grid. The aim of this topic is to demonstrate the technical and business case viability of fuel cells as a disruptive technology capable of replacing transportable diesel gensets and competing clean energy alternatives in the European urban stationary power market in the electrical power range of 25to 400 kW. The specific challenge is providing easy-to-install and easy-to-operate transportable fuel cell solutions – a technology not generally designed to be installed, decommissioned and transported to and from sometimes non-ideal operating environments multiple times during the product life-cycle.

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This topic focuses on demonstrating robust, transportable, easy-to-install, easy-to-transport FC gensets including feasible fuelling logistics for temporary applications in the power range 25 to 400kW in urban environments. The project has to also include a complete LCA of the concept, including the fuel and logistical costs. The proposals should include at least two manufacturers of FC systems and demonstrate viability in at least two different environments/market segments. Applicants should demonstrate firm commitment from end-users, through conditional orders or direct participation in the consortium during the application phase.

  • Applicants should demonstrate a total sum of system electrical power capacity of at least 500kW ; a minimum of 4 systems of 75kW or above built in order to follow the construction site power needs through the whole construction cycle and 4 systems in the lower power range, 25kW or above, to address festivals
  • Applicants should demonstrate robustness and ease-of-installation, through the transport and relocation of individual fuel cell systems and that a cumulative electrical power requirement of at least 750 kW will be served by project end.
  • Applicants should aim for on-site FC operation for at least 24 months (or 8000 hours). In such a case that the application requirements are less than one year of operation at a particular installation site (festivals, etc.), the applicants should demonstrate the transport and re-use of individual systems at more than one location annually
  • Applicants should establish a demonstration/commercialisation pathway for European SMEs innovating in the development, manufacturing and supply chain of fuel cell components
  • Establish the basis and further develop, if possible, marketing and sales strategies of European manufacturers
  • At project start, system lifetime should be over 15,000 hours and 20,000 hours at project end
  • System CAPEX target and availability to be achieved by 2023 is 3,500 -6,500€/ kW and >97% respectively (as defined by the MAWP). Development or procurement of auxiliary system components, robust sheltering and refuelling equipment for challenging transportation, harsh work environment, ambient climatic environment and end-user safety is also within the scope of funding if the applicants can demonstrate them to be crucial as well as non-recurring engineering for the targeted market segment
  • The fuel should be hydrogen which is expected to be stored onsite. The fuel delivery and storage has to be demonstrated as well. Fuel production is not included in this topic, but fuel logistics must be mapped and included while analysing the commercial feasibility of the FC gensets.

TRL start: 6

TRL end: 8

Termin nadsyłania zgłoszeń

20 kwiecień 2017

Adres internetowy

https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/h2020/topics/fch-02-10-2017.html