• WP1 – Project Management is where the primary project management is undertaken to ensure the work proceeds on time and to budget and is effectively coordinated to maximise the success in achieving the objectives.
  • WP2 – Requirements, Stack Testing Management, Technical and Economic Assessment led by BMW, with support from VTT, DANA and JM is defining the stack and component requirements to achieve the project’s stack power density, durability and cost targets. Two stack design iterations are envisaged through the project, which will be used to validate the next generation of bipolar plate and MEA components being developed in other work packages. This work package is also coordinating and overseeing the project’s testing activities, including defining the test protocols, and will undertake technical and economic assessments.
  • WP3 – Catalyst and Support Development is advancing the next generation of catalyst and support concepts taken to TRL4 in previous FCH JU projects. Corrosion resistant supports, thin electrocatalyst films, nanoparticle catalysts and hybrid non-PGM with Pt catalyst materials are being progressed by WP Leader CNRS and partners JM, TUB, TUM and VTT. The best new catalyst materials will be scaled up and incorporated into MEAs for the final stack evaluation exercise.
  • WP4 – Catalyst Coated Membrane (CCM) Design and Development is incorporating the catalysts from WP3 into catalyst layers and combining these with state of the art ionomers and membranes, also being developed in this work package, into CCMs. Gas Diffusion Layers (GDLs) from WP5 are being incorporated into the complete MEAs to enable single cell performance and durability testing to be accomplished. Progressive sealed CCM designs will be selected for manufacturing scale up and evaluation in short and full-size stacks in WP6. In addition to the ionomer, membrane, catalyst layer and CCM development being led by JM, and supported by CNRS, a substantial modelling and measurement activity to better understand the correlation between catalyst layer performance degradation and structural changes is being performed by IMTEK.
  • WP5 – Stack Components is taking the CCMs from WP4 and designing, developing, and manufacturing the critical stack components which are being delivered to WP6 for integration into the automotive stack designs for the stack validation testing. WP Leader DANA is developing the bipolar plate in two design stages, optimising low-cost coating with high durability to ensure compatibility with MEA properties and stack durability requirements. Work to ensure the optimum matching of MEA and bipolar plate properties is also being carried out, minimising contact resistance and ‘tenting’, and ensuring suitable compressibility. GDL development is being undertaken by SGL and optimised anode and cathode GDLs will be integrated with the CCMs from WP4 by JM who are manufacturing the MEAs for the stack testing.
  • WP6 – Stack Development and Testing includes the design of the stacks, and the manufacturing of housing and compression components, and their incorporation with bipolar plates and MEAs from WP5 into stacks. WP Leader BMW will assemble and test these stacks for performance, operational stability and durability, commencing in the second year of the project and running through to the project end point. These stack evaluations will define the success of the project against the power density and durability targets.
  • WP7 – Exploitation, Communication and Dissemination involves all partners and includes the sharing of project knowledge through a project intranet site, knowledge management protocols, and measures to exploit the project results through the updating and implementation of the draft exploitation plan. Communication and dissemination activities include publications and conference presentations as well as newsletters, participation in FCH 2 JU Review Days and the organisation of a Workshop with other related FCH 2 JU projects.