Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)
A leading university in Spain and the project and technical coordinator of the project. UPV is the single Spanish Technical University that features in all the world University rankings. It is among the Spanish Universities with the highest revenue from competitive research (R&D contracts, consulting and service delivery, spin-off) and a national leader in patent exploitation. UPV will participate through CMT – Motores Térmicos, a research and educational centre fully involved in the development of future powerplants for mobility. For more than 40 years the institute has conducted basic research on engines for better understanding the relevant physical processes involved, and applied studies for optimizing the engine behaviour and assisting its development. As priority research lines, the application of H2 is based both on combustion in internal combustion engines (ICE) and to produce electricity with fuel cells (FC).
Both lines involve numerical and experimental activities with ICE, hybrid ICE, gas turbine (GT), and FC. In this sense, CMT owns experimental facilities adapted for the use of pure H2 and as dual-fuel both for ICE and GT, a chassis dynamometer for light-duty vehicle testing, a dedicated experimental facility to test FC systems of up to 200 kW, and a high-purity high-pressure H2 generation and storage system. Regarding the simulation activities, the institute has extensive experience in the 0D-1D-3D modelling of combustion, FC electrochemistry, thermo fluiddynamics of auxiliary components (turbomachinery, cooling systems…), systems optimization, integration, and simulation in relevant conditions with virtual vehicle models. CMT – Motores Térmicos will be in charge of the activities related to life cycle assessment, given his prior experience backed by numerous collaborations with partners in the automotive and the fuel production sectors, the publication of 15 scientific papers in high-impact journals LCA-focused or combining methodologies such as ICE/FC modeling with life cycle emissions estimation, and the experience with life cycle inventories such as GaBi and GREET® model that are extensively used in the automotive industry to estimate cradle-to-grave emissions of passenger and heavy-duty vehicles.
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)
The Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public multidisciplinary research organisation in Spain. CSIC has 123 institutes or centres and collaborates with national and international universities, public RTD organizations, SMEs, companies and other institutions of a scientific/technological nature. It has a staff of more than 10,900 employees, among these about 3,500 are permanent researchers and more than 4,000 are pre- and post-doctoral researchers. As to the number of projects, CSIC is listed the 4th organisation in Europe within the research organizations, with a total FP7 contribution of over 264 million euros.
In H2020 (2014-2018) CSIC has obtained as of today 387 projects with a total EU financial contribution of 164 million euros, which makes CSIC to be listed the 3rd participant within the European research organizations by number of projects. The Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) is a joint research centre founded in 1990 by the CSIC and the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). ITQ (UPV-CSIC) is a worldwide recognised institute that integrates catalysis and materials science through a multidisciplinary approach. ITQ (UPV-CSIC) has a multidisciplinary research group with large experience in development and characterisation of electro-catalytic materials and ionic membranes, as well as in the design, optimisation and own fabrication of fully-automated laboratory reactor prototypes, proved by the number of published publications, patents and the ongoing projects.
AVL (AVL-GRAZ – AVL-IBERICA )
AVL, is the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing in the automotive industry, and other energy-intensive industries, being the exploitation manager and future route to market within the project. AVL creates innovative and affordable technologies to effectively reduce CO2 by applying a multi-energy carrier strategy for all applications – from hybrid to battery electric and fuel cell technologies. The company supports customers throughout the entire development process from the ideation phase to serial production. AVL will participate in ALL-IN Zero project through two of their specialized divisions:
AVL-GRAZ hosts the headquarters of the company, which founded in 1948 has wide experience developing and optimizing propulsion systems of all the industries. As a research unit within the company, AVL-GRAZ is capable of developing, providing and tailoring integrated development facilities and resources for testing, as well as the most advanced simulation platforms for transport technologies.
AVL-IBERICA is hosted in Valladolid, founded in 1990, being the engineering department of the company, focused on singular commissioning work or small-series development, adapting their work 100% on the client´s needs and requirements. AVL Ibérica offers integrated development facilities and resources for testing, as well as the most advanced engineering and simulation platforms for transport technologies. Its recent focus on developing fuel cell technologies for automotive application has led AVL-IBERICA to develop design methodologies, software modelling capabilities and testing facilities for fuel cell systems, thus positioning itself as a reference company for developing fuel-cell-based propulsion systems.
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ)
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ) is one of the 18 Helmholtz Association (HGF) research centres in Germany, devoted to investigating current issues in the areas of energy, environment, life, information, and matter contributing to basic research and long-term programmes, applied research and key technologies. FZJ started in 2004 an interdisciplinary approach on membrane development for CO2 capture and utilization and membrane reactors. The Institute of Energy and Climate Research IEK-1 Materials Synthesis and Processing has the mission to develop materials and components for highly efficient future energy conversion and storage systems including ceramic membranes for efficient gas separation or for membrane reactors for the production of energy carriers.
By means of advanced, reproducible and scalable fabrication techniques available at IEK-1, e.g. tape casting, screen printing, spin and dip coating in a clean room, PS-PVD, wet powder spraying, etc., layers of different thicknesses (in the nanometer to micrometer range), microstructure and final geometries are fabricated on either ceramic or metallic substrates. Along with these activities, micro-structuring (for gas flow optimization) and component manufacture (scalable membrane components for use in proof-of-concept modules) present significant part of our R&D activities. Apart from the development efforts to form defect free and highly performing membranes for the targeted energy and environmental applications, the department gas separation membranes carried out detailed fundamental research to elucidate the interrelation of properties as composition, microstructure, performance and stability.