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Improved Lifetime of Automotive Application Fuel Cells with ultra low Pt-loading

Project Reference: 303452
Activity Code: SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.1.5, SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.1.6
Coordinator:German Aerospace Center (DLR)


The main objective of the planned project IMPACT is to increase the life-time of fuel cells with membrane-electrode assemblies containing ultra-low Pt-loading (< 0.2 mg cm-2) for automotive applications. The economic requirements to reduce Pt loading leads to the challenge to maintain durability and performance, an aspect which has not been addressed sufficiently in public projects and studies. A durability of 5000 h under dynamic operation conditions with ultra-low loading is envisioned for automotive applications.

IMPACT aims at improving significantly durability in the automotive application at reduced PGM loadings by material development and MEA development. Development is performed on the main components of the cell, namely the membrane, the gas diffusion media and the electrodes. The basis for the durability is extensive testing at the industrial and research partner's facilities under diverse and highly dynamic conditions and comprehensive and detailed analysis and evaluation of degradation processes and their importance for fuel cell performance loss. This analysis is utilized for the derivation of mitigation strategies by component modification and optimization of operation modes. The mitigation strategies are experimentally validated and consecutively lead to a demonstration of the improved durability in an predefined stack.
IMPACT also aims at providing a cost analysis and an evaluation of the technical feasibility for large scale utilization of the project achievements. Recommendation and dissemination activities are planned within scientific workshops, publication of the results in scientific journals, and using project fact sheets.

Project Details:

Start Date: 2012-11-01
End Date: 2016-04-30
EU Contribution: EUR 3 902 403
Total Costs: EUR 8 837 294
Programme Acronym: FP7-JTI
Subprogramme Area: SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.1.5, SP1-JTI-FCH.2011.1.6
Funding Scheme:
Joint Technology Initiatives - Collaborative Project (FCH)
Project Coordinator: Prof. Dr. K. Andreas Friedrich
Administrative Contact Person: Matthias MAURER (Mr.)
Project Website:http://www.eu-project-impact.eu/


  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Italia
  • Jrc -Joint Research Centre- European Commission, Belgique
  • Technische Universitat Berlin, Deutschland
  • Institut National Polytechnique De Toulouse, France
  • Gwangju Institute Of Science And Technology, Republic Of Korea
  • Commissariat A L Energie Atomique Et Aux Energies Alternatives, France
  • Zentrum Fuer Sonnenenergie- Und Wasserstoff-Forschung, Baden-Wuertemberg, Deutschland
  • Solvay Specialty Polymers Italy S.P.A., Italia
  • Hochschule Esslingen, Deutschland
  • Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Limited, United Kingdom
  • Itm Power (Trading) Limited, United Kingdom