Innovative cost improvements for balance of plant components of automotive PEMFC systems

Funding Agency: European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1-735969).

The aim of INN-BALANCE is to develop advanced Balance of Plant components in current fuel cell based vehicles, in order to improve their efficiency and reliability, reducing costs and presenting a stable supply chain to the European car manufacturers and system integrators. INN-BALANCE will be focused on four main general topics; first of all on new components developments, addressing the latest changes and trends in fuel cells vehicles technology, from new air turbo-compressor, anode recirculation/injection module and advanced control/diagnosis devices to new concepts of thermal management and anti-freeze units based on standard automotive components; secondly, on the vehicle integration and validation of the components in a TRL7 platform placed at a well-known car manufacturing platform; thirdly, providing innovative and cost optimized manufacturing processes especially developed for automotive BoP components; finally, on the results dissemination and exploitation, new technology broadcasting and public awareness of new, low-cost and reliable clean energy solutions in Europe bringing at the same time highly qualified new job opportunities.

Fundación Ayesa, Spain (coordinator)
Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co., Germany
Volvo Personvagnar AB, Sweden
PowerCell Sweden AB, Sweden
Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial CSIC-UPC, Spain
Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt EV -DLR-, Germany
Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum in the Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Germany
Celeroton AG, Switzerland