List of workpackages (click for a direct access):
  • WP1: Management
  • WP2: Industrial requirements
  • WP3: Materials development
  • WP4: Development of lab-scale cell components
  • WP5: Up-scaling of cell
  • WP6: Stack testing and validation
  • WP7: Dissemination and exploitation


  • WP1: Management
  • Led by TECNALIA, the main objectives of this work package will be the establishment of management bodies and quality processes to ensure an efficient coordination of the project. Especially concerning:
  • Administrative, contractual and financial reporting
  • Technical and industrial reporting
  • Internal communication (EIFER)
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  • WP2: Industrial requirements
  • Led by HÖGANÄS, the objectives of the work package are:
  • Definition and identification of industrial requirements for the implementation of novel proton conducting fuel cells in the target applications (i.e. APU and gas/micro-CHP). The objective is to compile a program of demands to the stack cells meeting with the requirements of industry. The resulting report will be the basis of the research and development of lab-scale (button) and stack cells in the corresponding work packages (TOFC).
  • Define the test conditions and protocols for the in-situ testing of cells at both lab-scale and industrial scale (EIFER).
  • Selection of the most promising candidate material compositions for the development of cell components (electrolytes, electrodes and interdiffusion layers), protective layers on interconnects and metal supports based on patent searches (HÖGANÄS, CNRS, EIFER).
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  • WP3: Materials development
  • Led by Cerpotech, the objectives of the work package are:
  • Technology transfer for the production of reference materials (based on Y-doped BaCe1-xZrxO3, BIT02 and Pr2NiO4) and optimized materials (CERPOTECH, MARION TECHNOLOGIES).
  • Development of novel electrolyte and electrode materials (CNRS).
  • Synthesis and physical-chemical characterization of the material needed for the development of single cells and protective coatings on interconnect plates.
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  • WP4: Development of lab-scale cell components
  • Led by CNRS, the objectives of the work package are:
  • Development of the different cell components (HOGANAS, RISOE, CNRS) both by conventional wet chemical routes (EIFER) and by alternative thermal spray routes (detonation spraying and plasma spraying) (TECNALIA) on lab-scale cells (button cell geometries using either a circular design (diam: 25 mm / 80 mm) or square design (25 cm2).
  • Development of protective coatings on interconnects using cost effective technologies like detonation spraying (RISOE).
  • Optimisation of the different components based on in-situ electrochemical characterization of cells at lab-scale (button cells) (CNRS, EIFER).
  • Test of performance and selection of most promising cells for up-scaling step (EIFER, CNRS).
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  • WP5: Up-scaling of cell
  • Led by MARION TECHNOLOGIES, the objectives of the work package are:
  • Following the first selection done in WP4: To up-scale the manufacturing procedure of the different cell components, first on large cells (8 or 12 cm in diameter) and secondly on the targeted stack cells having a footprint of 12 x 12 cm. The testing of large cells will provide a selection of the final cell configurations to be employed for the construction of the short stacks (MARION TECHNOLOGIES & RISOE).
  • Manufacture of the stacks to be tested in WP6 (TOFC).
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  • WP6: Stack testing and validation
  • Led by EIFER, the objectives of WP6 are the testing and validation of the stacks constructed in WP5 by TOFC. Results will be compared to the requirements and specifications as defined in WP2.
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  • WP7: Dissemination and exploitation
  • Led by TECNALIA, the objectives of the work package are:
  • To disseminate scientific and technological knowledge related to the topic addressed in the project in scientific journals, conferences, fairs, etc…
  • To sustain results generated by the project through the definition of appropriate exploitation strategies.
  • To make the link with current international programs on High Temperature fuel cells especially in the IPHE countries.
  • To organize student and researcher exchanges during the project.
  • To manage the first PCFC international website as communication tool.
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