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Eurostars: Búsqueda de socio en el sector de fotónica

Resumen

Tipo:
Búsqueda de socios
Referencia:
RDUK20160610001
Publicado:
14/06/2016
Caducidad:
14/06/2017
Resumen:
Un fabricante escocés de pilas de combustible perteneciente al sector de generación de energía ha desarrollado una solución innovadora y eficiente que se integra en pilas de combustible de membrana de intercambio de protones. Una importante característica nueva del sistema a desarrollar dentro del proyecto Eurostars es la capacidad de integrar una fuente luminosa en el núcleo de la estructura de la pila. El fabricante busca una pyme que ofrezca asistencia en la investigación, diseño, construcción y pruebas de nuevos sistemas de guía de onda ópticos. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 15 de septiembre de 2016 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 10 de agosto.

Details

Tittle:
EUROSTARS - SME photonics partner sought
Summary:
A Scottish fuel cell manufacturing company (SME) active in the power generation sector has developed a highly innovative and efficient solution to be embedded in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. An important novel feature of the system to be developed under a Eurostars project is the ability to integrate a light source into the core of the cell structure. An experienced SME partner is sought to assist in the research, design, build and test of novel optical waveguide systems.
Description:
Project objective: The company has already demonstrated enhanced fuel cell performance under illumination and this project will deliver a commercially viable solution focused on integrating semiconductor lasers and novel printing techniques to guarantee homogeneity in distributed light intensity.

Background: An SME founded in 2012, the company was a spin out from a major UK University. It has a strong patent portfolio in energy generation and storage and benefits from a state of the art R-Y-D facility in Scotland. It has an experienced management team with backing from investors and the Scottish Government. The company strategy is based on working with global partners on technology/process development and in key market sectors. Formal collaboration agreements are in place with a number of the world´s leading players in the fuel cell sector.

Market opportunity: Emphasis on efficient clean energy is growing; as a result fuel cells are becoming very important. Global demand is projected to reach $16Bn by 2017 and the potential in 2020 could exceed 5 times that figure. The rate of stationary/back up installations is also increasing due to the growing demand for Combined Heat -Y- Power (CHP) in homes, the ability to deliver power after the impact of unexpected events e.g. Fukishima and the need to safely power mission critical control centres.

Consortium structure: The project will require the development of a method to produce proton exchange membranes (PEMs) with integrated optical waveguides. The optimal distribution of ´low power´ laser light will be delivered to the catalyst via these printed optical waveguides. The primary deliverable from the project will be a commercially viable fuel cell configuration.
The consortium will comprise 4 partners:
1.0 Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA) production and test. (Partner already identified)
2.0 Optical design and modelling. (Partner to be identified through this call)
3.0 Fuel cell ´Stack´ assembly and test (Partner already identified)
4.0 Catalyst chemistry optimisation, preparation, deposition and test to be provided by the company.

Role of the Optical partner: Specifically the optical partner will have the expertise to model, build and demonstrate the optimal distribution of ´low power´ light in a cell structure. The optical design will consider the use of ´in situ´ testing of waveguides, possibly comprising fibers or printed filaments of thicknesses down to 25 microns embedded in the proton conducting membrane such that the distributed light will impinge homogeneously on photosensitive catalysts on the membrane surface. Model outputs will be the basis of the final design and fabrication of a prototype half-cell stack tested under normal fuel cell operating conditions.

Effectiveness of light distribution will be verified by measuring light intensity across the active catalyst area. The effect of a range of operating conditions will be tested allowing optimum light guide materials, dimensions and configurations to be established.

The prototype produced will confirm that the concept is directly applicable in a range of commercial fuel cell technologies and applications.

Eurostars Project: the proposal will be submitted for the next Eurostars submission deadline of 15 September 2016. The project budget is -Y-euro;1-2M and will last approximately 108 weeks. Expressions of Interest must be received by 10 August 2016.

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Type of Partner: An experienced SME partner to assist in the research, design, build and test of novel optical waveguide systems. The SME must operate out of a country eligible for Eurostars funding - see https://www.eurostars-eureka.eu/eurostars-countries/europe Role of Partner: Specifically the optical partner will have the expertise to model, build and demonstrate the optimal distribution of ´low power´ light in a cell structure. The optical design will consider the use of ´in situ´ testing of waveguides, possibly comprising fibers or printed filaments of thicknesses down to 25 microns embedded in the proton conducting membrane such that the distributed light will impinge homogeneously on photosensitive catalysts on the membrane surface. Model outputs will be the basis of the final design and fabrication of a prototype half-cell stack tested under normal fuel cell operating conditions.
Type of Partnership Considered:
RDR

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English

Dissemination

Restrict dissemination to specific countries:
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech_Republic
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Korea, Republic Of
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Romania
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey

Programme-call

Evaluation Scheme:
Single stage submission
Anticipated Project Budget:
-Y-euro;1-2M
Coordinator Required:
No
Deadline for Call:
15/09/2016
Project Duration:
108
Project title and Acronym:
To be confirmed