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Renewable energy and Energy efficiency
Fuel cells are widely accepted as one of the best potential solutions to extend the range of battery-powered electric vehicles. CEA Tech institute Liten has been conducting low-temperature PEMFC (proton exchange membrane fuel cell) R&D for years; these fuel cells are designed for both transportation and stationary applications.
Liten is active across the entire fuel-cell value chain (with the exception of the membrane), working to improve electrode materials, come up with more effective ways of assembling fuel-cell components, enhancing catalysts, and integrating smart capabilities into fuel-cell systems. The objectives of this research are multiple: improve system lifespans; reduce the amount of platinum (a rare, expensive metal) required; and achieve competitive total cost of ownership to ensure that fuel cells become an economically-viable alternative to current solutions.
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CEA-Liten, a CEA Tech institute, helped develop a novel carbon-free, platinum-nanotube electrode to reduce the amount of platinum in PEMFCs (proton exchange membrane fuel cells) and augment the fuel cells’ performance.
The EU COBRA project was set up to make improvements to PEMFC bipolar plate manufacturing processes and enhance the plates’ durability with the ultimate goal of bringing costs down. Several innovations were tested in the lab and on actual vehicles.
The French government recently announced its strategy to develop hydrogen to drive the energy transition. Liten, a CEA Tech institute, plans to leverage its know-how in hydrogen technology and software to support this strategy.
Liten, a CEA Tech institute, used the MUSES platform’s multi-physics models to generate simulations of the distribution of liquid water on the surface of a PEMFC-type fuel cell.
The MUSES numerical simulation platform is used primarily to study the behavior of fuel cells and lithium-ion batteries at different scales to provide deeper insights into how they work.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.