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Búsqueda de un fabricante de membranas electrolíticas poliméricas para prototipado y análisis en una propuesta del programa H2020 (segunda fase)

Resumen

Tipo:
Búsqueda de socios
Referencia:
RDES20170331002
Publicado:
04/04/2017
Caducidad:
04/04/2018
Resumen:
Una universidad pública española coordina una propuesta dentro de la convocatoria NMPB 2016-2017 del programa H2020, cuyo acrónimo es FotoH2. La propuesta ha superado con éxito la primera fase y el consorcio está preparando la propuesta para la segunda fase, con fecha límite el 4 de mayo de 2017. El consorcio, formado por una universidad y un centro de investigación que participan como desarrolladores y proveedores de materiales y tres empresas (fabricantes e integradores de sistemas), busca un fabricante de membranas con el fin de desarrollar membranas electrolíticas poliméricas. El socio buscado debe poder implementar su producción a escala de prototipo. El plazo para presentar las expresiones de interés finaliza el 11 de abril de 2017.

Details

Tittle:
Polymer electrolyte membranes manufacturer sought for prototyping and testing in a 2nd stage H2020 proposal.
Summary:
A Spanish Public University is coordinating one H2020 proposal within the call NMPB 2016-2017 whose acronym is FotoH2. It has successfully passed the 1st step and the consortium is preparing the 2nd submission stage proposal (deadline 4th May). In order to improve the proposal, the consortium has considered the incorporation of a membrane manufacturer company to develop suitable polymer electrolyte membranes. The partner sought may be able to implement their production on prototype scale.
Description:
The use of solar energy for splitting water into gaseous H2 and O2 has been widely investigated for producing sustainable H2 fuel. However, no commercialisation of this technology has emerged. Currently the main obstacles to commercialisation are: low solar-to-hydrogen efficiency, expensive electrode materials, fast degradation of present prototypes, as well as energy losses in separating H2 from O2 and water vapour in the output stream.

The Spanish university has successfully passed the 1st stage of the call H20202 - NMPB 2016-2017, with the submission of the proposal FotoH2 - Innovative Photoelectrochemical Cells for Solar Hydrogen Production. The consortium has identified a new scientific direction for achieving cost-effective solar-driven H2 production, including large-scale prototyping and field testing of the proposed technology.

FotoH2 introduces anion-exchange polymer membrane and porous hydrophobic backing concepts into a tandem photoelectrochemical cell, and a novel way to stabilise the photoelectrodes based on a surface phase transformation. This approach allows the use of cost-effective metal oxide electrodes with optimal bandgaps and a simple flow-cell design without corrosive electrolytes. Apart from the already identified Fe2O3/CuO couple, a theoretical screening of earth abundant metal ternary oxides will be done to identify the most promising electrode materials. The chosen electrode materials will be optimized by doping, nanostructuring and particularly by introducing protective and passivating external layers by the phase transformation strategy.

Most of these concepts have been already validated at TRL 3 and preliminary laboratory prototypes demonstrated. The aim is to increase the TLR to 5 and achieve a photoelectrolysis device with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 10 % with a target life-time of 20 years. The project aims for breakthroughs in cell lifetime, conversion efficiency, cost-efficiency, and H2 purity.

To bring these innovations to market, an exploitation plan is addressed. The consortium includes materials developers and suppliers, device manufacturers and system integrator.

· The proposal was submitted last 27th of October to H2020-NMBP-2016-2017 call for proposals and has successfully passed step 1 of the evaluation. The partnership is preparing the 2nd stage.

· The partnership is composed by one university and one research center acting as materials developers and suppliers and 3 companies that are device manufacturers and system integrators. All the partners have the required expertise for the development and testing of electrode materials and tandem photoelectrochemical devices.

· Timescales
o Official deadline for the call 04/may/2017
o Deadline for the EoI. 11/april/2017
o Anticipated duration of the project 36 month

The cooperation sought would focus on:

· Materials development and optimisation of primarily the polymer electrolyte membrane (both acid and alkaline), also with contribution to transparent frontal substrate and porous back substrate development.

· Production of the main material components at sufficient scale for prototype purpose of the project.

· Involvement in specification/requirements with special regard to polymer electrolyte membrane, but also transparent frontal substrate and porous back substrate.

· Testing (Performance and accelerated stress lab testing) capabilities if required.
Advantages and Innovations:
No photoelectrochemical device for hydrogen production or more generally artificial photosynthesis is in the market as only recently the technology is reaching the appropriate maturity. It should be borne in mind that the initial TRL level is 3 and should be increased to 5 during the project. A success in the implementation of the project would position the potential business partner in the market of polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) with special optical and crossover properties that would allow their use in photoelectrochemical devices. In comparison with the widespread use of PEMs in dark and fuel cells, in the market there are no PEM suppliers whose products are specifically designed for photoelectrochemical applications.
One additional advantage is that the possibilities of success is around 25%, which is very high compared with the H2020 average success rate (9-12%)
Finally, new partner´s budget is negotiable within wide limits.
Stage of Development:
Under development/lab tested
IPR Status:
Secret Know-how
Comments Regarding IPR Status:
Potential patents to be applied in the future.

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
? Type: Industrial partner with research and development department. ? Activity: the field of activity of the desired partner is centered in the productions of advanced conducting materials and/or membranes. Expertise in the preparation of conducting supports and polymer electrolyte membranes and ability for production of these materials. ? Role: The cooperation sought would focus on: · Materials development and optimisation of primarily the polymer electrolyte membrane (both acid and alkaline), also with contribution to transparent frontal substrate and porous back substrate development. · Production of the main material components at sufficient scale for prototype purpose of the project. · Involvement in specification/requirements with special regard to polymer electrolyte membrane, but also transparent frontal substrate and porous back substrate. · Testing (Performance and accelerated stress lab testing) capabilities if required.
Type of Partnership Considered:
RDR

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
French
Spanish

Dissemination

Programme-call

Evaluation Scheme:
Research and Innovation Action (RIA).
Coordinator Required:
No
Deadline for Call:
04/05/2017
Project Duration:
156
Project title and Acronym:
FotoH2 - Innovative Photoelectrochemical Cells for Solar Hydrogen Production.