"As more renewables are being integrated to the grid, there is a need to develop high performance electrolysers to provide superior grid-balancing services and to produce “green” hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles. In parallel, it is also essential to develop regulations together with policy makers for using electrolysers in grid services applications and implement energy policies with the aim to increasing the share of renewable energy sources by the electrical grid. HPEM2GAS is addressing these aspects to contribute in making hydrogen the future energy carrier."
'CNR-ITAE - Antonino S. Aricò '
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (National Council of Research-Italy) (CNR), www.cnr.it, is a public research organization; its duties are to carry out, promote, spread and transfer research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and use this research for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.
CNR is composed of 7 main departments covering different fields. The total number of CNR employees amounts to about 8000.
The Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies (CNR-ITAE), www.itae.cnr.it, is located in Messina (Italy). CNR-ITAE belongs to Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, in particular to the Department: Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transportation. The institute has two locations covering about 7000 m2, divided into laboratories, offices, conference rooms, library etc.
ITM Power is a dynamic, innovative company committed to clean sustainable energy solutions based on water electrolysis using Polymer-Electrolyte-Membrane (PEM) technologies. ITM has grown from its original platform of novel hydrophilic polymeric electrolytes (for water electrolysis and hydrogen fuel cells) to that of a technology provider. ITM now has both a strong base of intellectual property and engineering expertise for providing hydrogen solutions. ITM was established in 2002 and has undergone the transition from research to commercialisation.
ITM has grown from three key staff in 2002 to 65 staff in 2014, with over 500 man years’ experience in the hydrogen sector. ITM has two dedicated research and development facilities in Sheffield, UK. The first facility is dedicated to fundamental research, including membrane and catalyst development and testing, and has 24/7 testing capability with 140 electrolysers test stations and a dedicated fuel cell laboratory. The production / scale up facility has engineering capabilities including CNC machinery, stack manufacture room and stack testing facilities.
Solvay Specialty Polymers
"As Solvay, We are committed in giving a future to hydrogen economy thought the technical improvement and the commercialization of Aquivion® PFSA products. HPEM2GAS is a fascinating opportunity for demonstrating the potential of PEM electrolysis coupled with renewable, grid integrated, resources."
'Solvay - Luca Merlo'
Solvay Specialty Polymers is mainly focused on different special materials such as: Fluorinated Polymers, Aromatic Polymers, High-Barrier Polymers and Compounds.
The Company has its own major competences and is vertically integrated thanks to unique manufacturing technologies and a constant research effort. Solvay Specialty Polymers continuously develops new products for a wide range of high-tech applications.
The Company operates worldwide and has its own Headquarter in Bollate, close to Milan (Italy). There are more than 10 R&D Centres worldwide, among them the greatest two are in Bollate focused on fluorinated materials (about 240 people) and in Alpharetta (US) focused on aromatic polymers (about 130 people). There are 15 production sites worldwide mainly in Europe, US and Asia.
In the last 20 years Solvay Specialty Polymers filed more than 600 patents. Most of them are extended in the most industrialized country (USA, EU, Japan, etc…) giving rise to an I.P. portfolio with more than 2500 patents.
IRD Fuel Cells A/S. is a small independent high technology company devoted to the development and production of fuel cell and electrolyser materials, MEAs and components. IRD operates internationally through its own organisation and through daughter companies, associates and licensees. The core competencies of the company include various ink/slurry mixing equipment and coating production at all scales of electrode assembly production from prototype to full-scale production. The production facility at IRD Fuel Cells A/S is capable of manufacturing CCM (Catalyst Coated Membrane), GDE (Gas Diffusion Electrodes), and MEAs for PEM (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) fuel cells, PEM electrolysers and DMFC (direct methanol) fuel cells. IRD offers fuel cell electrode components. IRD has demonstrated its capability of up-scaling processes, so that large-scale commercial production is established on the basis of manufacturing processes related to development phases. The IRD R&D programmes include the development of materials and MEAs for LT-PEMFCs, DMFCs and PEM electrolysers. The IRD PEMEC development was initiated in 2010 in the PrimoLyzer project where a cost-minimised, highly efficient and durable 1 Nm3/h PEM-Electrolyser stack was designed based on in-house developed PEMEC MEAs. IRD coordinated the PrimoLyzer project. Developed stack components are verified in prototype stacks and micro-sized modules. IRD’s current and future organisation, infrastructure, and production capacity is insured through TREFOR, who acquired the full ownership of IRD in October 2014.
Stadtwerke Emden GmbH
"There is a lot of talk about energy transition and the challenges it entails. In Emden we act on our words. Up to 2030 we would like to provide all private households in Emden with renewable electricity and climate-neutral natural gas. Achieving this goal depends on many different factors. This includes green electricity generation as well as smart grids, storage technologies or programs for greater energy efficiency. Combining these individual factors creates a stable network for a sustainable energy supply."
'Stadtwerke Emden GmbH – Gunnar Kielmann '
The Stadtwerke Emden GmbH is the regional power supply company of the city of Emden. For about 150 years the citizens of Emden are getting supplied with natural gas, for about 115 years with water and 88 years with electrical energy.
In the area of renewable energies the SWE are always at the frontline. The self-set objectives are to ensure that by the end of 2030 energy from every sector is based on renewables and therefore completely “green”. To achieve these targets the Stadtwerke Emden are now using renewable energy technologies for more than 20 years and try to expedite the energy efficiency process.
For more than almost 4 years, the Stadtwerke Emden are working together with the University of Emden, making them more than one service and training company for commercial or technically interested people. This makes clear that the Stadtwerke Emden move beyond its borders to teach students important subject-related and partly unique impressions.
Hochschule Emden Leer
The University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule) Emden/Leer consists of four faculties. Among these the faculty of technology is by far the largest one. At the university a total of 4,600 students are enrolled in 22 Bachelor- and 8 Master courses. The mission statement of HSEL emphasizes the importance of research and development with focus on sustainable development. This includes the development and optimization of environmentally benign technologies in the area of energy process technologies.
Development topics with focus on energy and environmental technology are covered by the EUTEC institute which is a research institute of HSEL. EUTEC was founded about 20 years ago and conducted numerous research and development projects. Those projects are usually financed by public institutions (e.g. German Environmental Fund, State of Niedersachsen, EU, German Federal Ministry of Research, German Federal Ministry of Economics) of by private partners from industry.
"Power to Gas energy storage is an essential element in the transition to a secure renewable energy based society. The HPEM2GAS project will demonstrate the potential of water electrolysis for conversion of renewable power into hydrogen and storage in the gas grid. HPEM2GAS will advance the technology to industrial scale and demonstrate a 0.5 MW plant in a 6 month field test at the city of Emden, Germany."
'Uniresearch - Jaap Struijk'
Since 1994, Uniresearch, an independent grant-consultancy company, has specialised in the startup and management of technology innovations. The company provides high-quality services helping clients find funding opportunities and prepare applications for regional, national, and pan-European grants like the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) and Horizon2020. Uniresearch’s full services support customers throughout each stage of a research and innovation project: from project definition, through consortium-building and proposal writing, to contract negotiation, project execution, and dissemination of results. In fact, Uniresearch customers enjoy a success rate for European grants that is three times higher than the average.
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