“AkzoNobel aims to create more value from fewer resources and we’re finding more innovative solutions; we’re using more renewable energy and materials and less fossil-based; we’re focusing more on our entire value chain; we are actively enhancing lives in the many communities in which we operate as well as inspiring and equipping our employees to recognize new possibilities. In this project we help to valorize a waste stream of hydrogen to create usable energy.”
AkzoNobel is a fortune 500 company and world’s largest paints and coatings company and a world leading chemicals producer. AkzoNobel holds the number one position in the prestigious Dow Jones sustainability index. It has Eur 14.3 billion revenue and 47,200employees from which around over 7000 in China.
AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals B.V. is a business unit of AkzoNobel. It produces and markets salt and energy, chlor-alkali products and derivatives like monochloroacetic acid (MCA) and metal salts. It is Europe’s largest producer of vacuum salt and a leading supplier of chlorine, caustic lye, hydrochloric acid and MCA. In the integral vacuum salt and chlor-alkali value chain ANIC is seen by their peers as technology leader and it has the most energy efficient vacuum salt and chlor-alkali plants in the world. It has many (patented) technologies, world class R&D facilities and R&D partnerships with the leading membrane electrolysis companies. ANIC employs approximately 1,800 people. Industrial Chemicals has production sites at Rotterdam, Hengelo and Delfzijl in the Netherlands, Ibbenbüren, Frankfurt and Bitterfeld in Germany, Mariager in Denmark, LeMoyne in the USA and Taixing in China. The business is headquartered in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Industrial Chemicals consists of four sub Business Units (sBU). One of the sBU’s is Chlor-Alkali.The sBU Chlor-Alkali has a leading position in northwestern Europe for chlorine and caustic lye. Chlorine finds application in EDC/PVC, epoxies, polyurethanes, phosphorus compounds, caustic is used in a large number of processes in the chemical, pulp and paper, textile, food and mineral industries and hydrogen is used in several chemical applications and used as fuel. AkzoNobel has been involved in the development of Fuel Cells from the beginning of the nighties and since 2007 a 70 KWe demonstration PEM fuel cell plant has been operated successfully.
Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology BV manufactures and commercializes PEM fuel cell stacks. Customers are system integrators of PEM fuel cells for stationary applications. Nedstack and partners also produce large stationary fuel cell systems, and have developed and delivered pre-commercial products for transport applications.
Nedstack was established in 1999 as a spin-off of the PEM fuel cell activities of AkzoNobel. Around 300 man years have been spent and over 1,000 stacks have been sold since then. Nedstack is a member of the New IG Industry Grouping.
Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology has developed PEM Power Plant know how in both the Delfzijl PEM 70 kW pilot power plant and the Solvay 1 MW PEM power plant. In both projects Nedstack was responsible for the overall project management.
MTSA Technopower designs, develops, builds and maintains customer-specific equipment, installations and special machines for a great deal for the Energy, Process, Special Machine and R&D sectors. From a well balanced mix of engineering disciplines, procurement and own manufacturing capacity, MTSA add value to processes and activities of their customers. MTSA Technopower is often asked to design and realise prototypes, special test equipment, pilot installations, customer specific production installations or complete production lines. Flexibility and the ability to translate specific customer requirements and specifications efficiently into technical solutions in accordance with the relevant QHSE norms are our main drivers. We can design and build a complete system or module.
In cooperation with Nedstack, MTSA Technopower has designed and manufactured a number of prototype fuel cell systems for various market segments like UPS manufacturers, generator manufacturers, shipyards, fleet owners and automotive companies. MTSA Technopower was established in 1994 and employs approximately 70 people.
“Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd (JMFC) is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of fuel cell catalysts, membrane electrode assemblies and other catalysed components to fuel cell developers worldwide. JMFC will deliver membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) with high quality, consistent properties through controlled manufacturing processes, and high material yield, for inclusion into the fuel cell stacks in this project. JMFC will further develop and optimize the MEAs that are used in terms of performance, robustness, lifetime and cost.”
Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd (JMFC) is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of fuel cell catalysts, membrane electrode assemblies and other catalysed components to fuel cell developers worldwide. Parent company, Johnson Matthey plc, has been at the forefront of research in fuel cell technology for many years and has invested in world-class research, testing and manufacturing facilities in the UK. The company has developed and supplied a significant proportion of the fuel cell catalysts for the major alkaline, phosphoric acid (PAFC) and proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) programmes of the last thirty years. In 2002, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd. was formed to bring together the Group’s fuel cell expertise into a separate subsidiary company. JMFC employs 150 staff in the UK, and several in the US and Japan. JMFC is now a leading supplier of electrodes and MEAs for both low temperature PEMFC and direct methanol fuel cell applications and high temperature phosphoric acid based fuel cell systems. Over 50% of the staff are professional technical personnel with science and engineering qualifications, working in research, product and process development. JMFC has participated in, and led, a number of UK Technology Strategy Board, US Department of Energy and EU funded collaborative R&D projects (including QuasiDry, MAESTRO and CATAPULT in FP7), and has well-established support groups (administrative, financial and legal) within the organisation to manage the contribution to these programmes and ensure successful delivery of the contractual requirements.
"The POLIMI team participates to DEMCOPEM-2MW aiming to apply and enhance the long-term expertise in performing power plant simulation, when applied to a MW-class PEM power plant featuring heat and power integration within an industrial plant. The project will also allow developing specific model calibration and validation through the analysis of plant experimental measurements, and to support the analysis of PEM power plant design and operational issues."
The Politecnico di Milano is a public technical university established in Italy in 1863, nowadays organised in 12 departments and a network of 6 Schools of Engineering, Architecture and Industrial Design. The number of students enrolled in all campuses is approximately 40,000, which makes the Politecnico di Milano the largest Engineering School in Italy.
Within the Politecnico, the research activity pursued at the Department of Energy spans a wide range of thermo-fluid-dynamic and chemical processes required to convert primary energy sources (including fossil, renewable and wastes) into useful forms of energy (electricity, heat, synthetic fuels) in stationary and mobile plants. Participation to the DEMCOPEM project is given by the Group of Energy Conversion Systems (GECOS), with expertise in the field of modelling, simulation and testing of power plants and related energy systems. The main subjects investigated by the Gecos group are related to advanced, clean power generation technologies, with a particular focus to carbon capture techniques, cogeneration, integrated in plants for the production of power and/or hydrogen. Since 2009, the group is also operating a micro-cogeneration laboratory with the possibility of testing fuel cells and combustion-based CHP and trigeneration systems (up to 100 kWe and 200 kWth) as well as fuel processors with natural gas, syngas, liquid fuel and hydrogen feeding, also developing research on high pressure electrolyzers; and a laboratory dedicated to the thermo-physical evaluation of CO2 mixtures.